We invite you to join the House of Tears Carvers and our partners on the Red Road to DC in Northern Minnesota for a blessing ceremony on July 25th, 2021, as we continue our journey with a 25-ft, 5000 pound totem pole to draw attention to sacred sites and Indigenous rights and join the work being led locally to stop the Line 3 Enbridge pipeline.
Enbridge is a Canadian pipeline company responsible for the largest inland oil spill in the US. Enbridge seeks to build a new pipeline corridor through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior.
4–5pm CDT: Arrival and paddle (Shell camp)
5–6pm: Totem pole ceremony, speakers (Horse camp, 5 min walk / 2 min drive)
6-8pm: Feast, solidarity celebration (Shell camp)
This territory is the headwaters of the Red River and the Mississippi River; the territory of the Great Lakes. For thousands of years, the ancestors of the Anishinaabe people lived here well. The current concern is that the Canadian corporation, Enbridge, is proposing a new route for their Line 3 replacement across a pristine water-rich environment. The lakes, streams, wetlands, and the Mississippi River would all be at risk. Line 3 is a clear danger to the climate, water, and land in Minnesota, and would undermine the Indigenous treaty rights of the Anishinaabe people.
According to the Anishinaabe’s Seven Generations and Seventh Fire prophecies, we are in the time when we have a choice between two paths. One path is well worn, scorched and leads to our destruction. The other path is new, green and leads to mino-bimaadiziwin (the good life). We must choose to walk the new path by saying “no” to fossil fuel investments and “yes” to renewable energy investments. Honor the Earth maintains that the path must be grounded in Indigenous Knowledge, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and a deep reverence for our Mother Earth. Honor the Earth and Water Protectors are working to stop the aquatic invasive species; to keep the Boundary Waters free from pollutants; and to keep new pipeline corridors out of lake country.