2014 Healing Walk to recognize First Nations' treaty rights

Photo by Zack Embree

This weekend, hundreds of First Nations people and non-native supporters from Canada and the US will be participating in the Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, a march to raise awareness of Indigenous treaty rights and the environmental and health implications of Alberta's bitumen extraction. 

"This will be the fifth and final walk through tar sands operations," organizers said in a news release, noting that the walk was intended to build "unity among people impacted by tar sands development." It said the annual walk would be held in the future around communities dealing with in situ  bitumen extraction, which is different from the strip mines but "equally harmful" to communities and health. 

The Healing Walk will be held on June 27 and 28. Hundreds of people will walk 14 km past Syncrude and Suncor mines, tailing ponds and upgraders. 

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