Group crosses U.S. border carrying copper pail of water from Hudson Bay
Posted 04 June 2011, by Staff, The Journal (International Falls), ifallsdailyjournal.com
In an effort to raise awareness of the need to protect the Earth’s water supply, participants of the northern division of the 2011 Mother Earth Water Walk will walk about 982,800 footsteps and travel by train 1,700 kilometers carrying water from Hudson Bay in a copper pail to be dumped into Lake Superior.
Four walkers entered the United States at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at International Falls. The walk is intended to raise awareness of the need to take care of the water and to help Mother Earth survive, according to organizers.
Organizers said the walk calls attention to the sacred gift of water — the source of all life, and the walk unites all the waters of Mother Earth.
Water was gathered in copper pails from the four directions — the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and Hudson Bay — and is being carried by Anishinabe grandmothers and women to the shore of Lake Superior at Bad River, Wis., where the buckets will be poured into the lake in a ceremony June 12.
Members of the northern division walkers, who started May 21 in Churchill, Manitoba, headed east on Highway 53 Thursday. Other divisions of walkers started in Olympia, Wash., April 10, Gulfport, Miss., April 20, and Machias, Maine, May 7.
As givers of life, women who are taking turns walking, are responsible for protecting and carrying the water, according to organizers.
For more information on the walk, see the website at www.motherearthwaterwalk.com.