Fort McMurray is among the communities suffering most on the front lines of tar sands development. Tar sands oil is what the Keystone XL pipeline would carry, if we don’t stop it’s being built. Tar sands oil is not regular crude oil, by any stretch. Extracting it, refining it, transporting it, using it–kills, in a variety of ways. The tar sands extraction area is now an ugly wasteland, growing by the day, and the people who live there are being sacrificed to corporate greed and humanity’s unquenchable thirst for fossil fuels.
This will be a hard trip–22-hour drive up and back, camping while there in uncertain conditions–but I look forward to walking ceremonially with the First Nations of Canada and hundreds if not thousands of other people who will be present because they want this environmental destruction and native genocide to stop. This will not be a protest. It will be an act of spiritual witness and resistance.
Learn more about the Healing Walk at this link.