This video is meant to be a source of support for the Mi’kmaq people of Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada as they resist the illegal occupation of their land and contamination/theft of their natural resources. The drawings and expressions of gratitude by my second grade students evolved from weeks of discussions and lessons that revolved around the natural environment, land, water, Indigenous struggles, issues in our communities and around the world that demonstrate a need for justice. My hope is that the ability to act and recognize the dignity of every human being and the land/water is with my 7yr old second graders for their entire lives. May they forever have compassion and be passionate for this beautiful land (which just does not represent land alone but a way of life, a language, a way of being, a people) and those who are willing to sacrifice their freedom and life defending it.
Solidarity in gratitude,
This video features the song ‘They Say’ (featuring Wab Kinew) by Leonard Sumner who graciously gave me permission to use it for this purpose.
We Stand With Elsipogtog via Indigenous Nationhood Movement
The often ignored facts about Elsipogtog by Chelsea Vowel via Toronto Star
After court loss, Elsipogtog braces for SWN’s return by Jorge Barrera via APTN National News
Crisis In Elsipogtog via Submedia tv
Elsipogtog anti-fracking struggle: Where to go from here? via Warrior Publications