Wednesday, May 09, 2012

KBIC to host Tribal Mining Forum May 11-12 at Ojibwa Community College

BARAGA -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Mining Outreach and Education Initiative is hosting its first ever Tribal Mining Forum from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, and from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Niiwin Akeaa Center (Ojibwa Community College) Gymnasium in Baraga. On Friday, a Community Potluck Dinner will also take place at 6 p.m. Saturday includes breakfast and lunch.

Click on poster for larger version. Please note the new location. (Revised poster courtesy Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Mining Outreach and Education Initiative)

The purpose of this forum is to educate the community on mining in order to increase awareness of its historical and contemporary impacts within the Lake Superior basin and Ojibwa ceded territory.

An informed community will have more capacity for protecting the environment and envisioning sustainable solutions for the future.

The Keynote Speaker will be Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr., whose community recently succeeded in preventing rollbacks to Wisconsin mining law that would have permitted a large taconite mine upstream from their community.

Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. speaks at the March 23, 2012, Lake Superior Binational Forum on "Mining Impacts and Lake Superior: A Basinwide Approach" in Ashland, Wisconsin. Wiggins spoke about the Anishinaabe connection to land and water with the perspective of seven generations. Wiggins will be the Keynote Speaker at the Tribal Mining Forum in Baraga this Friday, May 11. (Photo by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

The event will also include guest speakers from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority, National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Anyone who is curious or concerned about the new wave of mining interest throughout much of the western U.P. and the Lake Superior watershed should definitely come to this event to learn more.

There is no registration fee. It is still possible to register by signing in at the door.

Click here for the schedule of speakers and activities.

For the Sunrise Water Ceremony on Saturday: Meet just before sunrise at the Lighthouse at the Ojibwa Campground, off US 41. Watch for signs posted. Women need to bring and wear long skirts. Bring water from where you are coming from.

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