Ontario Regional Chief Day Seeks Protection of Treaty Rights and Water
THUNDER BAY – Anishinabek – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day states, “The growing expectation of First Nations in the North to be active decision makers about proposed development has much to do about how development will affect water for future generations”.
From the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Ontario Regional Chief Day was in Matane Quebec Monday, with Elder Josephine Mandamin.
Chief Day states that he is re-tracing the journey of the Anishinaabe, and that part of that journey is a part of the Seven Fires Prophesy.
“This walk is the most significant of the Sacred Water Walk carried out by Elder Josephine Mandamin,” says the Regional Chief. “This is because of the growing strength of Indigenous rights and jurisdictions being asserted by First Nations on their ancestral lands – these assertions are being established by customs, values and formal instruction that have been around since time immemorial.”Chief Day states that he will be working closely with First Nations in the North on issues like the Ring of Fire, the Far North Act, and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
“I look forward to having a discussion with the Premier in an effort to align our work forward protecting the rights and interests of the First Nations in the North that seek the preservation of lands and the fair recognition of Treaties with our Treaty partners,” comments Chief Day.
Women in the Anishinaabe culture are the keepers of the water.
Wednesday morning, in the pouring rain, Elder Josephine Mandamin is walking alone on the quest. Sandi Boucher states, “It cannot be left to Jo to save the planet’s water.”
Boucher states, “This is a CONSCIOUS EFFORT to be there for the water, it is serious and must be taken seriously, we need the women out NOW, women are the keepers of the water”.
The call is out to have more women and men come out in support of the walk. For more information visit the group site at waterwalkersunited.com.