Host Russ Letica, member of the Board of Directors with WnT, in a dialog with participants and leaders in the fight for Mother Earth. Our guest for are:
John Levi, Mi’kmaq from the Elsipogtog First Nation, NB. He was appointed Warrior Chief and a protector of the Mi’kmaq territory and Mother Earth. John has been a strong leader in the fight to protect the land and water. He has a strong connection to the land and native traditions, which are very much a part of his way of life.
Judie Acquin-Miksovsky is a member of the Wolastoq community at Saint Mary’s located in Fredericton New Brunswick. She has been a strong voice in opposition to shale gas throughout the province. With the introduction of Idle No More and Bill C-45, Judie knew that there was no backing down! With a clear understanding that changes in environmental acts would negatively impact traditional territories, she has taken the step to become more knowledgeable, and is not afraid to question elected provincial and First Nations leaders. Judie believes that we need to hold our own leaders accountable.
Gerald Delorme, is a native advocat from Alberta who lobbies government and reminds them of their obligations to treaties and the destruction of sacred sites
The protests brought strength to our nation. The purpose of the protests was to protect the land, livelihood and connection to Mother Earth. It brought together a joining of communities and with one voice which is saying NO to shale gas. The Idle No More movement played an important role in support and was the best thing that happened to natives. It woke us all up in fact. The leaders in this fight explain that it not that they are against development but against the method being used and the monopoly over our rights.
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