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Enviro-Mich message from Kay Cumbow <jcumbow@greatlakes.net>

Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 10:03:56 EDT
Subject: Walk Press Release

August 20, 2001                       Kevin Best at (pager) 416-600-7023
For immediate release                 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 downriver and 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 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. 

Friday August 24
 - Community gathering: presentation by walkers and discussion at Walpole 
Island. Location and time TBA

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

For directions to Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Center, please call
the Band Office 519-336-8410 or  Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community Center,
Dee Oliver, 810-33-3775

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