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GLIN==> 2,200 mile walk to protect the Great Lakes (coming to Detroit and St. Clair rivers area this week)

Posted on behalf of Kevin Best <sml@interlog.com>

August 20, 2001
For immediate release

Kevin Best at (pager) 416-600-7023
Kim Wensaut (cell ph.) 734-395-1550

2,200 mile walk to protect the Great Lakes coming
to Detroit and St. Clair rivers area this week

A group of people who are conducting a 2,200 mile walk/run/bike from the
eastern seacoast to the western shore of Lake Superior will be in the
Detroit-Walpole Island-Sarnia area this Tuesday to Saturday.  While here,
the group will be meeting with local communities to build alliances and
discuss what can be done to protect the water for our children and

The walkers are part of The Migration Journey for the Seventh Generation,
following the ancient Anishnabek migration route from the eastern seacoast
to Madeline Island in Lake Superior. The Anishinabek-the Ojibway, Odawa, and
the Potawatomi-are Native peoples of the Great Lakes region.

The Migration Journey is a call for unity to stand against the pollution of
the Great Lakes and the misuse and waste of Great Lakes water. Our mission
is to reach out and educate all people about protecting the waters, and
restoring the earth's natural balance for seven generations to come.

"Now is the time that people wake up, make a stand and speak out for the
water to continue the life of the future generations," said Migration
Journey walker Corrine Tooshkenig, Walpole Island First Nation.

In the 34 km stretch between Walpole Island and Sarnia, there are more than
two dozen of the world's largest chemical and petrochemical companies, whose
discharges into the St. Clair River have made the water undrinkable for
residents at Walpole Island.

"Scientists tell us that women and children are now considered 'at risk
populations' for environmental diseases in the Great Lake region. When the
givers of life and our future generations are at risk it is nothing short of
environmental genocide. We are all complicit in a cultural suicide," said
Migration Journey organizer Kevin Best.

The journey retraces the steps of the Anishinabek ancestors' historical
migration route with seven stopping places, which are spoken about in their
prophecies. Walpole Island  is the third of these seven sacred stopping

The Migration Journey is a widening of the circle of awareness and a
continuation of the work that began during last year's "Walk to Remember"
around Lake Superior. That walk gave a voice to many communities affected by
the contamination of their waterways and watersheds, from human and animal
waste to PCB and mercury contamination.

For updated schedule information or interview opportunities contact Kevin
Best, 416-600-7023 (pager) or Kim Wensaut at 734-395-1550 (cell phone).
For background information and information on how you can help see the
website at http://migrationjourney.cjb.net

Schedule for the week (all events open to public)

Tuesday August 21
early evening -  Walkers arrive at Walpole Island First Nation, Ontario

Thursday August 23
7 p.m. - Public reception:  presentation by walkers and discussion at
American Indian Health, 4880 Lawndale, Detroit.  313-846-3718

Friday August 24
 5 p.m. - Community gathering: presentation by walkers and discussion at
Walpole Island. The Arena, across from Thunderbird Plaza.

Saturday August 25
morning - Walking/biking to Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Sarnia, Ontario

1 p.m. -  Community gathering: presentation by walkers and discussion,
Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Center, Sarnia, Ontario.  Contact in
Sarnia - Ron Yellowman 519-332-3190

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