Wednesday, November 16, 2016

United Against Seismic Testing


This is the beautiful hamlet of Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut which I had the great privilege of visiting in July.







In just over two weeks, on November 30, 2017, the community will stand before the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose seismic blasting in their waters. The Canadian government failed to properly consult with the community (as required by law) before granting permits for companies to blast the Arctic in search of oil.

Seismic blasting threatens all life in the Arctic. Powerful air cannons emit huge blasts of sound to penetrate the seabed every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in search of oil deposits. These explosions disrupt migration paths of marine animals like narwhals, belugas, and bowhead whales. 

For millennia, Inuit have lived in harmony with the land and sea in the Arctic region. They are determined to keep their sustainable culture alive. Seismic blasting is a direct threat to the healthy marine life on which Inuit depend.

I stand for Indigenous rights. Tell the Canadian government to stand with Clyde River and uphold their commitment to protect Inuit rights as enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Strength is in numbers: "Please join us in the battle to protect our community." - Jerry Natanine, Clyde River, Nunavut www.savethearctic.org/en-CA/clyde-river/

This is a great article featured in UpHere magazine on "Breaking the Silence": www.uphere.ca/articles/breaking-silence

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