Today I attended at a sacred fire for the people of Elsipogtog. My heart is heavy, and I am filled with sadness as well as anger. I don't understand why it is our people who are at the front lines when it comes to the protection of Mother Earth. Where are the citizens of Rexton, and other neighbouring communities? Do they not realize that it is their land and water that is being threatened? The threat is real, and the damage that could occur is not something that can easily be repaired.
This is not a treaty or aboriginal rights issue. Fracking and other energy projects threaten the very lives of all human beings, as well as the plants and animals. I wish for ordinary citizens to wake up, and call upon their government representatives to stop this destruction of the land and waters that support life including those of families and communities.
In traditional indigenous governance, any chief that did not work for the welfare of the people would find himself quickly no longer being a chief. Hold your leaders to account. Get together with each other, and start talking, and learning. I can see a great storm coming, and no one is prepared. We need to get ready for the days ahead. I know our people are trying to remember and practice those values and traditions that have, so far, allowed us to survive. But now Mother Earth is threatened, and we have little time left.