Water is Life: Mother Earth Water Walk 2011

Seven years ago two grandmothers of the Anishinawbe people walked around Lake Superior. The following year they walked around Lake Michigan. In 2005 their walk circled Lake Huron and the next three years followed Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and the St. Lawrence River.

As they walked they drew attention to the water in its many forms, waterfalls and mists, rivers and lakes, raindrops and dew. Their mission was to bring awareness about our water, our most needed element of life. The blue green algae blooms in the waters, the mercury, toxins and limited resources are telling them that our waters are neglected. The crisis of clean fresh water supplies for the future are at risk.

The walks gained much support as they covered the miles. Others joined them and the media broadcast their message that we need to protect our water for all life to be sustained. In 2011 the Women’s Water Walk is calling for volunteers across all points of the North American continent to mobilize in the springtime to walk, speak and honor the water.

Volunteers are also needed this year to check on mileage at each point of destination from ocean to ocean. Leaders are needed to gather people at starting points. Support is needed for communication and transportation. Youth are also being called upon to come take up the footsteps as the grandmothers age and their distances grow shorter.

For more information about Women’s Water Walk in 2011, visit Mother Earth Water Walk.  

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78 comments

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C. G6 years ago

i m in a wheelchair... i wish i can be able...

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Manuela B.
Manuela B6 years ago

what a beautiful way to bring attention to the cause...

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David N.
David N6 years ago

Thanks for the article. Very interesting. I wish I could have participated.

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Robert Shaffer
Robert Shaffer6 years ago

As some one that grew up around Lake Erie I can say that it's cleaner today than it was when I was a kid, but more must be done to make the Lakes as clean as possible.

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Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Thank You to the Oijbwa Grandmother, Joesphine for bringing this walk to my attention. Such a wonderful idea, and I hope in 2011 there will many hundreds joining in. If I could I would be there.
This is a most interesting story/video..imagine being able to trace back 7 generations. Lake Ontario and their pails seemed so much heavier...then to find out it is actually called heavy water...with all the pollution of metals. toxins and the green slime warned them not to wash their feet in it! I find this very insightfull. Thank You again.

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Patricia D.
Patricia D6 years ago

I had never heard of this project, but will look into whether or not I will be able to help in some way. The video was very moving for me.

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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Thanks for a great idea. Kudos!

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Claire A.
Claire Allen6 years ago

No sound on this computer but am getting the jist of it and fully soupport it. Looks like the lady is Native American Indian. These people also have been under rated for a long time and what has been done to them is a travesty. They are very spiritual people in touch and switched on to the elements around them and plant and animal life. They have respect for what is on the earth and have tapped into things that most people on this planet are completely unaware of in matters in healing for 1,000 years or more. Areas that some of us are only recently aware of and tuning in to.

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Tori   INACTIVE W.
Past Member 6 years ago

we need to act an clean up our water...lake ontario is abysmal and needs our help....i say we clean it up and bill the companies who have been polluting it .... and not just bill them but get the revenue departments to attach the fines so that the money is actually collected....

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Adam K.
Douglas K6 years ago

The waters must be cleaned up, starting with all litter in the water and on the lake bottom. The wildlife and plantlife must be restored to pristine condition and man's civilization must now live in harmony with nature.

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