CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT Announces Delegation to Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows, ON)
July 30, 2003
CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT Announces Delegation to Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy
CPT is seeking participants for a delegation to the First Nations community
of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) in Northwestern Ontario, Canada,
Oct. 31-Nov. 9, 2003. In 1999, the Ontario Government approved a 20year
plan allowing a corporate logging company to continue clearcutting forest
on the traditional landuse area of the community. In November, 2002, the
community began a continous presence on their traditional lands and erected
blockades on main roads to prevent logging trucks from entering their land.
CPTers currently have a presence at the camp supporting the nonviolent
action, challenging the violators of the community's traditional lands, and
deterring potential violence.
Participants in CPT's delegation would learn about Aboriginal rights and
environmental concerns, monitor human rights, serve as a nonviolent
presence at the camp, and report on the situation when they return to their
home communities. Cost is $250 US ($400 Cdn). Delegates arrange their own
transportation to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Delegates should be prepared to camp under rustic, cold weather conditions
and participate in nonviolent public witness regarding First Nations treaty
issues. CPT seeks individuals with some of the following gifts: interest or
experience in First Nations issues and human rights work; commitment to or
experience in nonviolent direct action; and willingness to engage in team
worship and reflection.
For more information or to apply contact: CPT, PO Box 6508, Chicago IL
60680; phone 773-277-0253; fax 773-277-0291. Application forms available
on the web at: www.cpt.org (click on "Delegations".)