BARAGA -- The 2011 Mother Earth Water Walk is nearing its final destination -- Bad River, Wisconsin -- and will pass through the following Michigan locations this week:
Seney - June 4,5; Munising - June 5,6; Harvey - June 6, 7; Champion - June 7, 8; Sidnaw and Baraga - June 8.
Mother Earth Water Walk 2011 poster courtesy New Warriors for the Earth.*
Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) will host a Welcome Reception for the walkers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Ojibwa Community College Gym in Baraga.
Everyone is welcome to show their support for our most precious and sacred element -- water -- and bring yourself, children, friends and family to walk with these courageous women as they come through on their way to Bad River, Wisconsin.
Donations and gifts are appreciated but are not required.
The 1st Annual Women’s Water Walk took place in April 2003. Several women from different clans came together to raise awareness that our clean and clear water is being polluted by chemicals, vehicle emissions, motor boats, sewage disposal, agricultural pollution, leaking landfill sites -- and that residential usage is taking a toll on our water quality.
Along with supporters, the women walked around Lake Superior in Spring 2003, around Lake Michigan in 2004, Lake Huron in 2005, Lake Ontario in 2006 and Lake Erie in 2007.**
* Visit New Warriors for the Earth for a larger version of the poster.
** In 2003, our original Keweenaw Now Web site (keweenawnow.com) reported progress of the first Women's Water Walk. Click here for some news items on that event.