Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods donates 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Giniw Collective Water Protectors.
On July 19, 2021 seven women water protecters standing for Anishinaabe treaty rights were arrested, zip tied, and are being held with extreme and aberrant bail restrictions. These women represent many others who stand in solidarity with the protection of water across Anishinaabe treaty lines. Over 500 people have been arrested expressing opposition to Enbridge Inc.'s destructive and unnecessary Line 3 Pipeline.
From Honor The Earth as of 7/20: These Seven Women Water Protectors are still in Wadena County facing "Trespass on Critical Public Service Facilities, Pipeline, Utility - Refuse to Leave Upon Demand." charges. This charge of the colonial world is in conflict with the Anishinaabeg. In 2019, the White Earth Nation had passed a Rights of Manoomin, rights of Wild Rice, Resolution, that is tribal law. That requires the White Earth Nation to stand up for our sacred food. It also requires us to protect it, including the water which is tribal law. Enbridge is threatening the water, manoomin and all life the rivers bring within the 1855 Treaty as well as the 1863 + 1854. There is a obligation to uphold these treaties which are being violated.
The river has a right to life, which is being threatened by Enbridge’s extreme dewatering and insertion of a tar sands pipeline. In cooperation with the DNR, Enbridge circumvented the intent of the original permit and water appropriation suspensions by extracting water from watersheds across multiple counties, prior to these suspensions, to allow hydrostatic processes to continue during drought restrictions. These acts are an egregious misappropriation of the original permit agreements and are in direct violation of Anishinaabe treaty rights and ongoing stewardship. There is suspensions, and Enbridge continues to take our water.
Across the land water burns, disappears, is poisoned, and stolen, wildfires rage, billow and consume, promises are made and broken again and again, atrocities are revealed and revealed and revealed, and life is lost and lost and lost...and those in opposition are being forcibly detained and held without recourse. People are putting their bodies on the line to stand against these evils and all camps have asked for support.
With guidance from our own KP (who has been up standing with the water protectors) we've chosen Giniw Collective as this week's Giving Friday recipient.
As Giniw founder Tara Houska says: "Greed is sucking the rivers dry and drilling as many rivers as it has drills. Will we yell 'economy!' at a wall of fire? A dead lake?"
Now is (really) the time for action. If you don't need anything from us, PLEASE consider donating directly to support the Giniw Collective work on the front lines here. If you do find yourself in need of an axe or a beautiful canister in which to contain your incandescent rage, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Katherine for the nomination direction!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.
Header image and art from the brilliant Moselle Singh.