Nga-zhchigemi onji Nibi | We will do it #BecauseOfWater
On September 24th, Anishinaabe Grandmothers, Elders and Knowledge Holders will lead a Sacred Water Walk along Toronto’s Waterfront. We are calling on people of all backgrounds to join us in this important action for water – to reawaken our commitment to honour and protect the Great Lakes as sacred.
Why Are We Walking?
“The water is sick and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water.” – Grandmother Josephine Mandamin
Everyone has a relationship with water. The existence of life on Earth depends on clean, fresh water. Water is life.
We walk because the Water is in trouble: By 2050, there will be more plastic floating around in the sea than fish, with about a truck’s worth of waste dumped into our waters every minute. Where we were once able to drink water from rivers and streams, two thirds of First Nations communities in Canada have been under Drinking Water Advisories for the last 5-21 years. In 2010, the UN declared clean drinking water a human right, yet Canada remains the only G8 country that does not have legally enforceable standards for drinking water.
A grand chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Society once predicted that by 2030 “an ounce of drinking water will cost the same as an ounce of gold.” If we want our children (and their children) to have access to clean drinking water and a healthy, thriving planet to live on – we need to stop walking this path we’re heading down. And start walking a new one.
Tell us why you are Walking #BecauseOfWater
Tell us why you are walking! Help us spread the word and inspire others to take this action for Water. Post photos and videos online leading up to the Great Lakes Water Walk on September 24th detailing why you will commit to walk for the water.
Here’s how to participate:
- Post photos or videos to your social media accounts and tag Great Lakes Water Walk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Explain why you will be participating in the Great Lakes Water Walk and/or why you think this action for Water is so important
- Use the Hashtag #BecauseOfWater so others can follow the flow of conversation online!
You can also register for the Great Lakes Water Walk online!
Feature photo originally from NibiWalk.org. Used with permission.