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ABORIGINAL JUSTICE: CPT to support nonviolence training for Lakota Nations as they prepare to resist XL pipeline


In response to a request from the Owe Aku (Bring Back the Way) International Justice Project, Christian Peacemaker Teams is renewing a relationship with Lakota communities by sending a pair of peacemakers to support a nonviolent direct action training on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota 14-16 June.




posted by Debra White Plume
March 2013

Alberta-based TransCanada Corporation has proposed building the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands bitumen from Alberta to refineries on the U.S. Gulf coast. The pipeline's proposed path crosses treaty lands of Lakota nations that have pronounced themselves solidly against the pipeline.  It also runs over the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world's largest, and crosses more than 1,700 other bodies of water. Pipeline ruptures often occur near water crossings since these lowest points subject pipes to the highest internal pressures.  Bitumen spills have poisoned portions of the Kalamazoo River (Michigan), Lake Conway (Arkansas), the Des Plaines River (Illinois) and many other waterways.

Tar sands bitumen, produced through a scorched-earth process, sinks in water and is impossible to clean up. The thick goo is diluted with benzene and other "proprietary" chemicals to allow it to flow through pipes. Those lighter volatile compounds go airborne after a spill, harming humans and animals. A pipeline proposal similar to Keystone XL through Vancouver, British Columbia, was rejected by Band and City Councils, which in turn forced the provincial government to nix the project on 31 May 2013.

Prayers for Peacemakers, June 12, 2013

Pray for Mi'kmaq and Maliseet people and their allies in New Brunswick, protesting
seismic testing and plans for fracking with its threat of contaminated land, water
and air.  Pray for courage among supporters, safety for activists, and a good mind
for police.

ABORIGINAL JUSTICE URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Pray for those involved with the current fracking dispute in Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations.

Christian Peacemaker Teams has received an urgent invitation to send a team to the Elsipogtog Reserve in New Brunswick following arrests of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists, who are protesting the threat of the environmentally destructive “fracking” process.  Please share the following prayer with your faith communities and contacts. Follow the CPT Aboriginal Justice Facebook Page for more information as this situation develops.

Pray for Mi'kmaq and Maliseet people and their allies in New Brunswick, protesting seismic testing and plans for fracking that threatens to contaminate land and water.  Pray for all involved in the conflict, for courage among supporters, safety for activists, and what our indigenous partners call “a good mind” for police.

 

ASUBPEESCHOSEEWAGONG REFLECTION: On unrighteous indignation


Our first evening on the Grassy Narrows reserve, we went to the local garbage dump to look for bears.  Watching them close-up was awesome, although seeing them in the context of a trash pile was troubling.  â€śSo much garbage, just dumped right there in the middle of the forest,” I thought, “and this from people who are supposed to be defending nature and protecting Mother Earth!” Allowing myself to indulge in some ugly stereotypes of native people, I went back to our guesthouse with my nose held high.

 Trappers Center - Shoon and the gang
 May 2013 delegation to Grassy Narrows

On our last day in Grassy Narrows, as we were packing up and cleaning out the building in which we were staying, I saw the kitchen garbage can.  The thought went through my head, “We should bring this garbage back with us to Kenora.  Otherwise they’re just going to throw it out there on that garbage pile.”

Thankfully, I noticed the gaping hole in my logic before I voiced my thoughts:  What would happen to that garbage bag if we brought it back to Kenora?  We’d put it out for collection, and the garbage truck would take it away to a landfill, which, of course, is just a glorified garbage pile messing up someone else’s forest…

Prayers for Peacemakers, May 15, 2013

Ask for God's grace that the church may undo colonial oppression by opposing resource extraction at the expense of First Nations, and by respecting Indian life, lands and waters.  Pray for new Christian Peacemaker Teams delegates to First Nations territories in Canada.