From August 24 to September 7 a team of paddlers from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) Indigenous Nation, ventured 300 km beyond the nearest road to paddle the ancient route from the KI village to the Arctic Ocean at Hudson's Bay along the free-flowing Fawn and Severn Rivers. Along the way they documented and promoted this wild watershed and the deep connection the community has to their life-giving river.
Help KI Protect their Land and Water
- Help tell KI’s story. Follow the KI Watershed Expedition at http://kilands.org/waterexpedition/. There are blogs, photos, videos, action alerts and more about expedition. Please share the story through your networks by re-posting on facebook, twitter, websites, and email lists.
- Tell the Ontario government to respect KI’s demands to govern their territory and protect their land and water from unwanted mining.
- Join the KI Supporter facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoKISupport
- Link to the KI Watershed Expedition page. We’ve created a web/facebook button for you to share.
- Read the press release "KI Nation paddles to protect their wild watershed."
Through bold action campaigns KI and their supporters have stopped mining companies Platinex and God's Lake Resources from exploring on their land. The community has also successfully pressured the Ontario government to withdraw approximately half of their watershed from all mining activity.
But the fight isn’t over yet. Ontario has yet to recognize KI's right to protect their entire watershed of 13,025 square kms and to control their Homeland. The rest of the community’s watershed remains open to speculation by gold, diamond, and metals miners seeking to capitalize on Ontario’s mining boom.
Indigenous communities like KI depend on the clean water and the fisheries that these rivers provide, and KI is determined to safeguard their water. Last year the KI community voted overwhelmingly in favour of the KI Watershed Declaration, which places the entire 13,025 square km of their vast intact watershed off limits to industry under KI's Indigenous Law.
The Boreal Forest of KI Homeland is part the world’s largest carbon storehouse on land – a critical buffer against runaway climate change. The Boreal is also the world's greatest reservoir of fresh water, and is among the largest unlogged forests left on the planet. Some of the greatest wild rivers in the world flow through Ontario’s Far North, each running free for many hundreds of km without any dams or diversions. Their clean source waters are filtered by the mossy forest and wetlands of extensive pristine watersheds. Join us as we partner with KI to protect this precious land through Indigenous Law.