Guelph: Raise a Paddle in Solidarity with all Water Protectors

On July 1st, friends in Guelph are organizing a canoe trip to support the Pacific Islanders and CoTTFN
  • When Jul 01, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM (Canada/Eastern / UTC-400)
  • Where Marianne's park and the Boat House on the Eramosa River in Guelph
  • Contact Name Ash Berry
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On July 1st, friends in Guelph are organizing a canoe trip to support the Pacific Islanders and CoTTFN

From the event's facebook page:
"To my fellow water protectors,

You are invited to join us as we paddle along the Eramosa river on Saturday July 1st. This trip is inspired by an action called: “Raise a Paddle” organized by a group of Pacific Islanders who travelled to Canada in May 2017 to visit the Canadian tar sands. They wanted to bear witness to the project responsible for rising sea levels leading to the destruction of their homelands, communities and cultures.
Watch the trailer to get a glimpse of their journey:

On Saturday, July 1st, the 150th anniversary of this settler, colonial state (i.e., Canada) you are invited to "Raise a Paddle" in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, and all land defenders, water protectors, and warriors of truth across Canada to send a clear message to the Canadian government and Prime Minister Trudeau that people are waking up to the institutional racism on which this Country was founded. And that we are united in the resistance to the continued violations perpetrated on indigenous cultures, traditions, and territories such as the approval of pipeline projects like Kinder Morgan.

With approvals like these Prime Minister Trudeau has broken his promise to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and keep his promise in Paris to keep global warming under a 1.5°C limit.

Climate change is happening now, and the five finger nation (us) need to stay united in the fight to ensure that fossil fuels fulfill their fossil destiny and stay in the ground forever.


*Opening ceremony will take place at 10 am at Marianne's park & 11am we will be on the water (in front of the Boat House)

*Join myself and OPIRG Guelph for a Workshop on Nationalism, Colonialism, and Canada 150 at UofG in the UC Rm. 441 on June 29th from 6-9pm. This workshop is FREE and will end with a hands-on crafting session to produce stencils for artistic culture jams and/or to create visuals for actions like "Raise a Paddle."
Click here for more details about this workshop:

*it's first come first serve at the Boat House for canoe rentals on weekends, so if you need to reserve a canoe I would recommend coming early (9:30 am) to do so for our 11am departure. If you know folks with a canoe who's values align with this action and would be willing to donate a canoe for the day please feel free to share!
The cost to rent a canoe at the boat house for 2-5 hours is $30
($15 if you bring a friend!)

In Solidarity and Love,

Ash Berry"