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Kent County chapter joined by Giles & Tress for Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki

The Council of Canadians Kent County chapter and allies were joined by Halifax-based organizers Angela Giles and Robin Tress for the Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki today.

Mi’kmaq Territory – referred to as Mi’kma’ki – consists of all of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Edward Island, New Brunswick (north of the Saint John River), the Gaspe region in Quebec, and parts of Newfoundland and Maine. The Districts of Mi’kma’ki are Sikniktuk, Kespukwitk, Sipekne’katik, Eskikewa’kik, Unama’kik, Epekwitk Aqq Piktuk and Kespek. Elsipogtog First Nation is located within the district of Sikniktuk.

The 9-day Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki began on September 17 and concludes on September 24.

Today’s walk started near the junction of Route 470 and 510 in Mundleville.

Facebook outreach for the Walk says, “Walk for Water will be led by Women. Everyone is invited to join in. You are welcome to walk with us for a few hours, a few days, or the entire way. If you cannot walk, there are other ways you can participate. Travelling an average of 7.5 km per day for nine days, we will cross more than 30 streams, ponds, wetlands, and rivers in central Kent County, within the Sikniktuk District of Mi’kma’ki.”

It adds, “This is a community project hosted by Kopit Lodge at Elsipogtog First Nation. Kopit Lodge’s mission is to protect the Water. The Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki is supported by the Council of Canadians’ Kent County chapter.”

Another article on the walk highlights, “Each day we will honour a specific Water Protection Campaign. On Friday September 16th (our first day), Each following day, someone will provide info on other current, courageous Water Protection efforts.”

For more on the Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki, please click here.