Totem Pole For A Stand

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Winnipeg Monday evening as a totem pole was paraded through the streets to highlight a fight against the use of fossil fuels and other environmental issues. The 7 meter totem was carved in Lummi Nation and was brought over 2,000 km to Sagkeeng First Nation in Fort Alexander where it will be permanently placed in the proposed Energy East pipelines path. The pipeline will transfer oil, and many community leaders have shared concerns of pipe hurts destroying sacred lands.

The pipe lines details have yet to be confirmed, but many indigenous environmental groups are stepping in to ensure that the pipeline is not placed. “We’re over the moon, for us this is about peace, this is about unity, this about invoking the sacred cosmology of our people to build one of the largest social movements in history.” Clayton Thomas-Muller, a Manitoban First Nations environmental activist , said in an interview with CTV News.

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