Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters, and other events

Photo: Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.

You are invited to “Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters” at Lake Itasca State Park, on the weekend of September 21-22.

As part of a global week of climate action, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth will once again bring an interfaith voice to the environmental justice movement. Join us for our second year at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. We’ll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture, and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3.

Details on the Facebook Event Page. RSVP here. More events follow.

Wakan Tipi Walk: A Dakota Perspective on the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary: Aug. 28

The Lower Phalen Creek Project invites you to join staff and Dakota cultural educators in a guided walk through the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary to learn more about this area from a Dakota perspective as well as its future Wakáŋ Típi Center. The walk will be Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the sanctuary, at East 4th Street and Commercial Street in St. Paul. Facebook Event Page here.

Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3: Sept. 28

Join hundreds from across the Midwest on the shores of Gichi-gami — Lake Superior — to stand up against the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

The event will be Saturday, Sept. 28, noon-6 p.m., at Gitchi-ode’ Akiing at Lake Place Park, 214 E Superior St. Duluth. The event will be organizing round-trip buses from the Twin Cities, details coming soon.

Enbridge’s Line 3 project would pump the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada to Superior, crossing Ojibwe treaty land, wild rice lakes, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It would have the climate change impact of 50 coal power plants.

This past June, the Minnesota Court of Appeals threw out Line 3’s environmental review because the spill risks to Lake Superior were never even studied. Meanwhile, Enbridge is doing pre-construction for the pipeline, even with lawsuits, expert recommendations, tribal nations, community groups, and presidential candidates lining up against the project.

Now is the time to gather at Gichi-gami and raise our voices so that Governor Walz, our state agencies, and all Minnesotans can hear. We need to protect this Great Lake and stop this toxic pipeline.

More details here.

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