Clansmothers to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources: “Stop spraying the land.”
September 26, 2017 Make Change
(This story originally appeared at https://opicco.org/ the website of the Ontario Project for Interclinic Community Organizing.)
Clansmothers, grandmothers, and municipal townships of Treaty 3 and 9 traditional territories are standing up against the aerial spraying of land which poisons the blueberries, bears, amphibians, bees, plants and people.
They have been doing this for 15 yrs in support of elders of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Elders Group Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and any other groups speaking against the spraying, according to a Media Release.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry continues to spray an ‘herbicide’ that is an evolution of Agent Orange. It is sprayed from the air, over the land that has been clear-cut, in order to kill plants that would get in the way of the trees they will take for profit.
The Indigenous families of the Treaty 3 and 9 traditional territories have always picked blueberries, as a yearly tradition. (Watch this video to find out more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3QQ67D_RgM&feature=youtu.be
“This is the natural food and this is what we do to sustain ourselves. This is how we live under the natural law,” says Darlene Necan while holding a pail of berries she has just picked.
Aerial spraying of the land is Chemical Warfare. Poisoning traditional food is an Act of Genocide, declares Darlene Necan.
What you can do?
You can support the Clansmothers. Call and demand all aerial herbicide spraying be immediately cancelled and no longer used as a forestry practice.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources: 1-800-667-1940
Ontario Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs: 1-888-466-2372
MPP Kathleen Wynne: 416-325-1941
Phone calls earlier this season successfully stopped spraying in certain areas of Treaty 3 and 9.
Media contact: Darlene Necan 807-344-4439
**Battling for blueberries
**Elders oppose spraying in Northern Ontario Forests
**In Northern Ontario, herbicides have indigenous people treading carefully and taking action