Expedition to Protect KI First Nation’s Watershed
From August 24 to September 7, Wild Gift leader David Sone will join a team of paddlers from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation, venturing 300 km beyond the nearest road to paddle the ancient route from the KI village to the Arctic Ocean at Hudson's Bay along the free-flowing Fawn and Severn Rivers. Along the way they will document and promote this wild watershed and the deep connection the community has to their life-giving river. Wild Gift founder Bob Jonas and partner Sarah Michael, along with WG board member Barb Anderson, are part of the expedition team.
Wild Gift leader Jessica Bell will be behind the scenes advocating for the KI Indigenous Nation throughout the expedition. Below is a list of resources from her. Follow along with them on their journey and participate in helping their voice be heard. Let's rally our Wild Gift Network around this important cause! No act is too small.
Help KI Protect their Land and Water
- Share KI’s story. Follow the KI Watershed Expedition at http://kilands.
org//waterexpedition/. We will be posting blogs, photos, videos, action alerts and more throughout the expedition. Please share the story through your networks by re-posting emails like this one on on facebook, twitter, websites, and email lists.
- Tell the Ontario government to respect KI’s demands to govern their territory and protect their land and water from unwanted mining. http://kilands.org/tell-
- Join the KI Supporter facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/
- Link to the KI Watershed Expedition page. We have a web button for you to embed and share. http://kilands.org/?p=
Through bold action campaigns KI and their supporters have stopped mining companies Platinex and God's Lake Resources from exploring on their land. The community has also successfully pressured the Ontario government to withdraw approximately half of their watershed from all mining activity.
But the fight isn’t over yet. Ontario has yet to recognize KI's right to protect their entire watershed of 13,025 square kms and to control their Homeland. The rest of the community’s watershed remains open to speculation by gold, diamond, and metals miners seeking to capitalize on Ontario’s mining boom.
Indigenous communities like KI depend on the clean water and the fisheries that these rivers provide, and KI is determined to safeguard their water. Last year the KI community voted overwhelmingly in favour of the KI Watershed Declaration, which places the entire 13,025 square km of their vast intact watershed off limits to industry under KI's Indigenous Law.
The Boreal Forest of KI Homeland is part the world’s largest carbon storehouse on land – a critical buffer against runaway climate change. The Boreal is also the world's greatest reservoir of fresh water, and is among the largest unlogged forests left on the planet. Some of the greatest wild rivers in the world flow through Ontario’s Far North, each running free for many hundreds of km without any dams or diversions. Their clean source waters are filtered by the mossy forest and wetlands of extensive pristine watersheds. Join us as we partner with KI to protect this precious land through Indigenous Law.