Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 19, 2012

Native Women Fighting Tar Sands

Nobel Women’s Initiative Visit the Tar Sands Oct. 9 – 16, 2012

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Reposted from the Indigenous Environmental Network
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Our Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change delegation officially kicked off on, October 9, and we’re flying high – literally!! Follow them online from October 9-16 as the Nobel Women’s Initiative travels to the oil sands of Alberta and into British Columbia along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
Led by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, the delegation is interested in learning about the impact of oil sands expansion and related tanker and pipeline projects on women and their communities – perspectives rarely taken into account by decision makers.
Yesterday, members of our team had a rare opportunity to view the oil sands from the sky. Check out our Flickr galleries to see the shocking aerials! Plus, stay tuned on our Twitter,Facebook, Blog, Flickr, and Instagram (@nobelwomen #breakingground) as we tweet, blog, post, and share photo stories from both industry and women grassroots and Indigenous leaders along the way.
Why Women, Oil & Climate Change? Click here for a video message from Jody Williams.

Breaking Ground DAY 1 – Oil sands from the air

Click here to read the daily social media digest for Day 1

Breaking Ground DAY 2 – Meeting with women from Fort McKay First Nation Ft. Elder Celina Harpe

Click here to read the daily social media digest for Day 2

Breaking ground DAY 3 – Highlights from Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree

Here are the highlights from DAY 3 of Breaking Ground:

Highlights from Day 4:
Also, links to media about the delegation:

Highlights from DAY 5:
And news about the delegation:
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“Women’s week in Fort McMurray
The woman who won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for banning land mines trod onto more explosive territory this week: she kicked off her one-week tour of the proposed Northern Gateway route in Fort McMurray, Alta., U.S. activist Jody Williams is leading an all-female delegation that includes singer Sarah Harmer and climate scientist Marianne Douglas to solicit women’s opinions about pipeline development. In a video released by the tour’s sponsor, Ottawa-based Nobel Women’s Initiative, Williams explains: “In too many situations of crisis around the world, the women and their children are the ones who suffer the most when their environment is destroyed.” But she’ll get some other points of view along the way: one of her meetings was with Melissa Blake, the pro-development mayor of Wood Buffalo, of which Fort McMurray is part.”
Highlights from DAY 6:
- Jody Williams interview starts around 2:10:30 – 2:19:30
Highlights from DAY 7:
And news about the delegation:

Highlights from DAY 8
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Join us online for…Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate ChangeA Nobel Women’s Initiative Delegation to Alberta & British Columbia | October 9-16 2012
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