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NEWS: One year anniversary of Site 41 fight on May 8

Plaque presented to the Council at anniversary celebration.

Plaque presented to the Council at anniversary celebration.

The Barrie Examiner newspaper reported on May 5, 2009 that, “Upwards of 500 people gathered yesterday to protest (Site 41). Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, led the march and told those gathered at the site that she will ‘keep coming back and coming back until we’ve stopped Site 41’.”

Then on May 8, 2009, the Anishinabe Kweag, the women of the Beausoleil First Nation, set up a protest camp across the road from Site 41

The Stop Dumpsite 41 website now states, “It’s been one year! Come, celebrate, honour the campers, and more… Sat, May 8 at 2 pm, at the Campsite Gate. Park on the road (one side). Music starts at 1:50 pm. Celebration of New and Continuing Friendships, thanks to Harold & Anne Boker, Roy & Arlene Nahuis, Art & Lois Parnell. Thanks to Dale Goldhawk, Council of Canadians, FOTTSA, the agricultural community, and citizens of Simcoe County who participated. Thanks to the Anishinaabe campers – Beth, Johnny, Patricia, Kevin, Sarah, Alida, Stephanie & James. Vicki and Roseanne send regrets due to previous commitments. Water Ceremony. Danny Beaton on pipe. Drumming by James & Tabik. Connie – Water Song. Big Drum Finish…. and more!”

The one-year anniversary celebration post can be found at

A recent United Church Observer article that tells the story of the fight against Site 41 can be read at

The Council of Canadians web-page on our Site 41 campaign is at

Site 41 was an incredible and special struggle in so many ways, and it’s wonderful to see that people are gathering to mark this anniversary.