Forward to your lists
Immediate release July 30, 2001
Donna Lynk: 715 682 2996
1 888 371-0057/416 600 7023-pager
Web site: http://migrationjourney.cjb.net/
Walk for the Water Begins Unity of the People for the
"We were told to speak out for the things that cannot
speak for themselves, for the animals, the fish, the winged
ones, the plants and herbs, the water, air and the Earth."
Bad River Anishinabe
Migration Journey organizer
This summer walkers will embark on a 2,200 mile journey
following the ancient Anishinabek migration route from the
St. Lawrence River to Madeline Island in Lake Superior. The
Migration Journey for the Seventh Generation is a call for
unity to all peoples to stand against the pollution and contamination
of the Great Lakes. 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. ways.
Along the route the walkers will stop in communities that
are affected by toxic threats to our environment, to network,
share stories, and pray together, thereby creating a spiritual
and political unity of all peoples for one common goal.
The Migration Journey is a continuation of the work began
during last year's walk around Lake Superior: A Walk to Remember.
During the walk it became apparent that many communities are
affected by the contamination of their waterways and watersheds,
from human and animal waste to PCB and mercury contamination.
It also became apparent that a multitude of corporations contribute
to the environmental degradation of the Great Lakes, destroying
the health of the communities dependent upon this system of
The Migration Journey is a widening of the circle that was
created with last year's walk.. The Migration Journey will
retrace the ancient steps of the Anishinabe ancestors' migration
route with seven stopping places which are spoken about in
prophecies: St. Lawrence River, Niagara Falls, Detroit River,
Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Duluth and Madeline Island.
In consultation with spiritual elders, at each of the seven
stops, fires will be lit and ceremonies will be conducted,
along with applying the prophecies we were given at these
stops to the state of the environment today. As well, events
will be organized at each stopping place, where the local
community will be called upon to share their stories, concerns
and prayers for the waters in their areas. The Migration Journey
is about bringing people together to find solutions around
the Great Lakes to live sustainably.
Kevin Best for interview opportunities
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Anishinabe (Ojibwe) Migration Journey
The group has adopted the philosophy of the Seventh Generation
teaching of the Anishinabe whereby the decisions, which are being
made today, must recognize the obligations that we have to the future
As a group of people of all colors and backgrounds, we realize there is
need to reach out, educate and encourage all people to protect the
her waters and living things dependant upon her, in an effort to restore
the natural balance for the seven generations to come.
We aim to accomplish this by relating the teachings of the original
of North America to the findings of modern science regarding the state
the natural environment today.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world. For many
it is an important source of food, livelihood and drinking water. Lake
Superior is also an important part of the spirituality of the
as passed down by our ancestors and oral histories. It is now threatened
due to contamination, global warming caused by over-development, and a
growing, global water crisis that further threatens the sanctity of its
waters and many life forms that depend on it, including, people.
On June 25, 2000, a group of individuals gathered together and formed a
network of communities in order to bring awareness of the state of the
environment around the Great Lakes. This courageous group embarked on
completed a 1,200-mile journey around Lake Superior. The journey arrived
August 28, 2000 where it began, at the southern shores of Lake Superior
the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin.
A WALK TO REMEMBER- A SACRED JOURNEY FOR SEVEN GENERATIONS was lived as
spiritual journey around Lake Superior to bring forth community visions
protect the air, land and water for the Seven Generations yet to come.
During the Walk to Remember it became apparent that we are not alone in
concern for clean air and water. Many communities have been affected and
many waterways and watersheds are contaminated in a variety of ways,
human and animal waste to PCB and mercury contamination. It also became
apparent that a multitude of corporations contributed to the
degradation of the Great Lakes, thus to the detrimental health of those
communities dependant upon this system of water ways.
Currently, we are working on our next venture in order to continue to
awareness of the pollution and the contamination of the Great Lakes. The
Migration Project will entail retracing of the Anishinabe migration
The journey will begin out east at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway
continue along to the seven stopping places that are spoken about in
In an ancient Ojibwe prophecy we are taught that the Anishinabe people
migrated from the Great Waters of the East and followed the sacred megis
It has been told that the people stopped during this journey seven times
when the megis shell appeared to them. Seven prophets came to
They came at a time when the people were living a full and peaceful life
the North Eastern coast of North America. These prophets left the people
with seven predictions of what the future would bring. Each of the
prophecies was called a fire and each fire referred to a particular era
time that would come in the future. Thus, the teachings of the seven
prophets are now called the "Seven Fires".
Suggested stopping places of the Migration Journey are:
TURTLE-SHAPED ISLAND (ALONG RIVER)
SAULT STE. MARIE
In consultation spiritual elders, such as Mr. Ed Benton-Benai and
of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, at each of the seven stops, fires
be lit and ceremonies will be conducted, along with applying the
we were given at these stops to the state of the environment today. Some
the journey will be a walk/run, with most of Lake Michigan being
with canoe by water.
A web site is currently being developed and will be updated daily during
The Great Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario are of
importance to the quality of life of not only the Anishinabe people, but
also all other communities surrounding these water bodies. More than 90
percent of the 38 million U.S. and Canadian residents in the Great Lakes
basin rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water. Twenty percent of U.S.
and half of Canadian manufacturing are located in the Great Lakes basin;
these rely on water as a raw material and for shipping lanes.
The Great Lakes have come a long way in the last generation, after more
than a century of commercial fishing; lumbering, heavy industry and
invaders took a toll. The lakes struggled through pollution,
eutrophication, beach closings and fish consumption advisories. It is
to forget today that pollution killed most of the commercial stocks of
in the Great Lakes; that in 1970 Life magazine declared Lake Erie
mainly because of phosphorus from sewage treatment plants and factories.
an industrial, densely populated area, water quality in the Great Lakes
basin remains an issue: Heavy metal and chemical contamination persists.
Contamination such as mercury, copper, lead, DDT and PCBs
biphenyls) are in the Great Lakes. There are fish consumption advisories
all five Great Lakes. Now and into the foreseeable future, we will need
watch for persistent, bioaccumulative toxic substances that may degrade
ecosystem of the Great Lakes and have long-term health implications for
human and wildlife populations.
For more information contact:
Donna Lynk 715-682-2996
Elizabeth Post 715-682-5539
April Stone-Dahl 715-492-3229
The walk is scheduled to start on June 21, 2001 near the mouth of the St Lawrence
Lake Superior Walkers: Protectors of the Waters
Route 2, Box 378C
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806
P.O. Box 266
Mellen, Wisconsin 54546
Fund raising efforts are currently underway.
Donations can be sent in care of:
" Walk around the Lakes" Fund
221 4th Avenue West
Ashland, Wisconsin 54806