Chi miigwech to Isaac Murdoch for permission to share this image.
UPDATE: here are some links for you to consider to raise awareness, money and care for this issue. If you think it’s only happening in one place, I encourage you to look at my blog or just do your own research. Energy East is trying to put a pipeline through BC. There is also a proposed project for an LNG plant, both on the coast of Vancouver and in Tacoma, WA.
Donate directly to Standing Rock .
Call the President and make sure he knows that you know what is going on.
Tell your friends and neighbors.
Call your legislators. Find out what ‘fast track’ of EIS, FEIS, SEPA and NEPA are in your community. Find out who is funding your legislators, council members political campaigns.
Pray, in a good way, and speak good words about how we move forward.
Yesterday, my ninaabem (husband) and I took a walk in the waajiwan (mountains), on aki (earth), in conversation with mitigoog and noodin (trees and wind) on our way to pay respects to nbi (water).
My faith and hope have been rocked to the core by the actions I see taking place in so many communities, especially communities of Native/Indigenous people. Especially #StandingRock. When one knows history, images and stories documenting the actions of corporate interests against peaceful protectors can create fear, doubt, anger and worry. Perhaps I’m just not strong right now. My footing on the road of faith and hope has been compromised.
Yesterday’s walk was very much a needed action. I don’t get out as much as I should, and the first mile was very rough. After feeding myself properly and calling upon the energy of a piece of fir and a broken bough from a fallen relative, I was able to persevere with the mantra – “every step makes my heart stronger.”
Normally, when I sing the Anishinaabe water song, I sing the song four times. Standing on the shore of the lake, it took me four tries to get the words out without crying. Even then, tears flowed while I tried to sing as strongly as possible. The words “kego zegizi ken” (don’t be afraid) came to my heart. I felt nokaadehdamowin (peace) and maamoyaawendamowin (gratitude) … and pain from aching muscles and sore feet. 🙂
Here is the video that I took to share with everyone. There is wisdom here. I hope that you can hear it and are inspired to stand up for Nbi.
This morning I had some words come to me during meditation. I share them with you here with the hope that it will help contextualize the gravity of the work being undertaken. More-so, I hope it helps you to put everything we are seeing, feeling and hearing in a spiritually solid foundation. Full disclosure: I’m going to have to re-read these words a lot, I think. I’m still a little wobbly on the faith and hope road.
Some people claim we are on the verge of a revolution. I actually believe we stand at the precipice of a huge EVO-lution. Call it a transition, if you like. Change is coming. We are being asked, called and inspired to take up our part in this evolvement. And it requires everyone – warriors, peace-makers, diplomats, writers, lawyers, medicine people, artists, journalists, cooks, dreamers, healers, cleaners, elders, youth, thinkers, plant people, animal people…..even skeptics.
It’s like a birth. A birth of a new time and a new way of being, calling upon the wisdom and truth that our ancestors fought and died to preserve and protect.
Everyone must be, as much as possible, of one heart. Notice – I did not say of one mind. The process of evolving in a good and healthy way requires everyone to be standing and fighting FOR something. This is because, when the ground from which you stand and fight is FOR – you are much stronger and the slings and arrows of the enemy fall impotent.
Envision the successful evolution taking place in harmony and love and fueled by truth. Wrap every vision in hope and faith, so that when fear comes, it cannot penetrate the bond that hope and faith have created at the heart level. You will walk on solid ground, rooted in truth. We can evolve – which is a natural process – gracefully, with honor and in a good way. You must not ignore the slings and arrows – but you must contemplate how to counter them in the way that keeps your soul and spirit in integrity.
Every step makes our hearts stronger.
My prayers are with all the people who are standing up to fight FOR our graceful and proper evolution in a good way. My heart is with them all.