[UPDATE: Please RSVP by Sunday, July 29, as prospective passengers are quickly filling the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) vehicle to the healing walk. Contact us soon to reserve an inexpensive ride through the Canadian Rockies, bitumen ground zero, and Northwest megaload routes (email@example.com or 208-301-8039). Fort McMurray or bust!
We are also considering organizing a concurrent action in Moscow, such as a Native drum circle or some other demonstration of solidarity, and welcome your ideas and participation in this event as well. Please offer your suggestions and co-leadership!]
From California, Idaho, and Utah, Wild Idaho Rising Tide and our amazing supporters are organizing a tar sands activist caravan to Fort McMurray, Alberta, to join with First Nations elders, regional community members, and continent-wide allies in the Third Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk on Saturday, August 4. We enthusiastically invite your involvement! Departing Moscow, Idaho, on Wednesday, August 1, and offering rides in a hybrid vehicle traveling 300 to 400 miles per day through the Canadian Rockies to the heart of the largest industrial project on Earth, we plan to camp near Banff on Wednesday evening and around Edmonton on Thursday night, before gathering with indigenous residents and event participants and camping outside Fort McMurray on Friday, August 3.
At 10 am on Saturday, we will converge near Syncrude’s Mildred Lake site and respectfully and spiritually walk eight miles in solidarity with people caring for the future of the sacred waters, lands, and air of the Athabasca River basin. After this large and successful endeavor, we gratefully anticipate sharing a feast with our network of allies at the Fort McMurray Friendship Center on Saturday evening. Leaving for the interior American Northwest on Sunday, August 5, we intend to push back along the originally proposed routes for Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil megaloads of tar sands processing equipment, as we return on the remotely rural and wildly scenic byways of Alberta, Montana, and Idaho. Prairie lakes and woods in southeastern Alberta and the spectacular Rocky Mountain Front in Montana will shelter our Sunday and Monday night camps before we travel through the renowned Blackfoot and Clearwater river valleys toward Moscow on Tuesday, August 7.
If you are interested in partaking in this week-long adventure, we ask that you RSVP soon to the healing walk and caravan coordinators, provide your own and shared food and camping gear/fees for the trip, and contribute approximately $150 toward the group cost of fuel. Please visit the website of the Third Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk for more information, print and post this 11-by-17-inch, color Tar Sands Solidarity Journey Poster, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, suggestions, and comments. Thanks for your support and ongoing opposition to Alberta tar sands operations!