n 12 August 2014, Anishinabek women, accompanied by local allies and a CPT delegation, led a community rejection of the planned Energy East pipeline, delivering a clear 'no' to the project, the company TransCanada, and the materialist, extractivist* culture that prioritises wealth generation over clean water, protecting the climate, and future generations.
Led by children, mothers, and grandmothers holding signs and drumming, the group entered an open house, TransCanada was holding at the Lakeside Inn in Kenora, Ontario. Speaking directly to the company representatives to make their refusal clear, several spoke of corporationâs failure to engage the women in their role as Anishinabe Waterkeepers. As well as addressing the crowd, the group also prayed and sang songs to honour the water threatened by the pipeline.
|Anishinabek waterkeepers, prior to entering TransCanada's open house|