NSEN, with its revitalized new board chaired by PhD Engineering student, Chris White, and the crucial in-kind support of one of Halifax’s favourite gathering place is committed to hosting Mi’kmaq circles in order to facilitate a more ecologically and inclusive way for people to meet and face our fragile future on the planet. The series looks at components of human health through the prism of environmental elements and the eco-centric Mi’kmaq Calendar.
For millennia the unceded Mi’kmaq territory (what is now called the Atlantic Provinces) was sustained by an eco-centric philosophy of a land-based consciousness. The inclusivity and egalitarianism of this philosophy is exemplified by the Mi’kmaq talking circle tradition, an ideal setting for all people living in this time and space to come together to learn how to best survive spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. By acknowledging that 1/putting the needs for a healthy environment before egoic greed, 2/considering what the fullness of the natural world (of which human animals are a part) offers in each month through the perspective of the Mi’kmaw calendar and 3/ discussing the challenges of being healthy in a society that most often ignores that nature is in control, will integrate humans to see that we must put nature first and create the political will to protect our environment above everything.
NSEN encourages a repeat of the broad spectrum of last year’s circles’ representation during which Mi’kmaq, Anishnabe, Cree and Haida First Nations, Inuit people from fifteen countries, all ages, genders and economic backgrounds, longtime residents of Halifax, new Canadians, professionals from the arts and sciences and persons of all abilities came together to listen to the Circle leader and then to each other.
Alanis Obomsawin, a renowned Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist, relayed this pithy and poignant indigenous wisdom: “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”
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People aren’t taking the lack of action to protect the Maritime watersheds and coasts any more! We are increasingly united through the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and through events like Eco Connects NS and this one at the geologically important Blue Beach, where activists live and fight for the fish species in the Avon River which are prevented from spawning because of the Windsor Causeway, which the local politicians, Ottawa, and DFO will not address.
Blue Beach Bash has grown to include all water, air, soil, forest and energy-centred issues of the region. Activists want people passionate about all issues to come and broadcast their concerns on live radio. There are plans to form a giant circle which will be photographed from a drone and then the footage sent to media and politicians all over the region. There’s camping space or motels in Windsor, Grand Pre, Evangeline Beach, and the surrounding area. Let’s get stronger through the solidarity of meeting together for music, comradeship and speaking our truth to power. Hope to see you there!
Bring your nuclear family unit, your organization, come as one or with friends. Let’s form the United Community of Citizens for Environmental Protection.
If you’re not in the Maritimes, please share this with those you know who are.
Check out the event on Facebook here: Blue Beach Facebook Event