On June 28th, 2014, over 700 people gathered for the 5th and final Athabasca region Healing Walk. The walk sent a clear message that Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island are united to protect the land, water, air, and all living beings from the destruction of the Tar sands and it's pipelines. Organizers and participants are adamant that this may be the final walk but it will not be the final stand against the destruction of the tarsands. There is a war against the earth and its become a global battle of resistance to climate change. A movement of peaceful resistance that resonates with all who are impacted.
“Industry and government can’t continue to move forward without talking with First Nations,” Chief Allen Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation went ahead and did a new independant study with the University of Manitoba; a study they claim will soon challenge industry and government claims downplaying environmental health impacts of oilsands development.
The tar sands of Alberta are the largest industrial project on earth and contribute to climate change globally. The carbon emissions are expected to triple with the growing demand for oil and gas.