where we all live downstream….

I sometimes fail to realize that not everyone lives in the world the way that I live in the world. I spend a lot of my spare time on issues which are important to my relatives, both human and more-than-human (natural resources). I devote a good deal of time communicating with and about Native American and First Nation communities. To be clear, I have no authority whatsoever to speak on behalf of any Tribal community. I am Anishinaabe-kwe, but the link to my clan and formal teachings were broken when my nookomis was adopted out to a non-Native family. My words come from my spirit and, I hope, my ancestors. I want to be clear here, because it is important.

Having said all that – here’s what you need to know about a few environmental things that are going on and contributing to the “death by a thousand cuts” paradigm on our planet. Please dive in to these issues with an open heart and an open mind. Do not be discouraged. We have some very wicked problems we are facing, and the only way we are going to survive is if we recommit ourselves to “thinking about things that are important” and understanding these issues  utilizing critical thinking that allows both the  broad view point and a narrow view point. Please keep in mind, that the majority of these issues directly affect Indigenous communities in devastating ways. At the end of the day, we all live downstream, and our planet is crying out for our help. I have friends and relatives who are directly and devastatingly affected by this. It’s going to take ALL of us to make the move to the right path, but I believe in us!

Husky Oil spill in North Saskatchewan River

Oak Flat

Mount Polley Mine Disaster

Gold King Mine Disaster.

Dakota Access Pipeline – the bigger, badder brother of Keystone XL

Tacoma’s proposed LNG Plant

Unistoten Pipeline Resistance

British Columbia proposed LNG plant

This is a very small list, and it’s mostly on this continent. It doesn’t even BEGIN to touch what our relatives in Latin America are going through, nor what our Aboriginal, Native Hawaii’an, Maori and African brothers and sisters are going through. I have friends and relatives who are directly impacted by these things.

I’m calling for a new vision for our planet. I’m calling for people to feel empowered. Be encouraged that we CAN change our ways. Know that we CAN rebuild good strong relationships with our relatives, with the environment.

This is a good place to start thinking about how we can solve our wicked problems. A lot of good people have already laid a lot of good ground work. Take some time to think about these things, because they are important.

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth


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Twylia (the 'i' is silent)

~ I am Anishinaabe-kwe with Scottish heritage and Sami DNA. I speak on the behalf of no one but myself. My ancestors inform and guide me. My voice is but one of many who are calling for change. We have much work to do to create a good space for the real human beings who are waiting to be born.

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