Press Release: November 5th Earthstock: Protecting the Water. A Benefit Concert for the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

On November 5th, musicians from across Ontario are joining together in Waterloo for a benefit concert for Chippewas of the Thames First Nation(COTTFN) as they head to the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30th. COTTFN will be asserting their rights as an Indigenous community challenging the Canadian government to recognize and uphold its treaty responsibilities.

COTTFN’s court case challenges the lack of consultation they received for Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline project, but its implications go far beyond this one pipeline. The outcome of this case will impact future decisions for extractive industry and land use in relation to treaty and inherent Indigenous rights.

Kitchener-Waterloo’s own Alysha Brilla is headlining and will be joined by Juno nominated country music star Genevieve Fisher and 8 other performers on stage at the Lincoln Road Chapel, 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo (formerly the YMCA) for a concert that will run from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

Alysha Brilla: "Line 9 poses a threat to the health and safety of the water, the animals and the humans living near our beautiful Grand River. Line 9 goes against treaty rights and continues a legacy of colonial violence against Indigenous people and our earth. We are getting together November 5th to speak, sing and dance about this to bring awareness and to take this beautiful cause to Supreme Court. Together."

Myeengun Henry, Elder and Councillor, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation: "Earth stock will bring together community members and an array of tremendous talent to share music, stories and great concern for protection of water and natural life plus support Chippewas of the Thames Supreme Court challenge on consultation."

Dr. Stephen Svenson, Chippewas Solidarity: "The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is fighting to protect our water, fighting to protect our climate, and fighting for respect and justice for all indigenous people on Turtle Island."

On November 5, we celebrate their courage with a benefit concert ahead of their November 30th Supreme Court date where they are challenging the Federal Government over its failure to properly consult on the Line 9 pipeline reversal. This case has the potential to establish a new, more respectful relationship between the Federal Government and First Peoples. The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is taking up this challenge on behalf of all the communities along the Line 9 pipeline and need the support of all of us who reside on Turtle Island.”

A full list of performers and details of the event can be found at and on facebook

There will be a panel featuring the lawyer for the COTTFN Scott Robertson, Chief Leslie White-Eye and Councillor Myeengun Henry.

Turtle Island Solidarity will be receiving clothing and equipment donations for the people at Standing Rock, North Dakota.

Tickets are on sale at Kultrun Market, 8 Regina Street North and will be available at the door. The can also be purchased on Eventbrite. $20 for tickets, $10 for students, 16 and under free/by donation.

Excellent photo opportunities will be available the day of the concert.

For additional information:

Local Media Contacts:
Alysha Brilla

Myeengun Henry