Stop the Sludge. Honour the Treaties.
Tuesday July 3, 2012
252 Bloor St. West, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Rm 5260
The Call Out:
Public info night featuring speakers from Six Nations and James Cooke of citizen groups Stop the Waste Park and the Southgate Public Interest Research Group.
How would you like to eat food that was fertilized with hazardous human waste? What if that same waste leaks into our local rivers?
The April 28th Coalition invites you to learn about the unfolding events and struggles against a dangerous project to build a new waste processing (‘sludge’) plant at the headwaters of the Grand River on Six Nations territory, as well as resistance to this project from those at the frontline of a struggle concretely linking environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty.
What is happening in Dundalk is the realization of the spirit of the Two-Row Wampum. Residents of Dundalk as well as Six Nations land defenders are maintaining a blockade, erected in early April, against a sewage sludge processing plant. With vast community support, they are calling for governments and corporations to respect the treaties and Six Nations’ sovereignty over the territory.
Don’t miss the chance on July 3rd to learn about this significant issue and mobilization, as well as the treaties which are the basis for this powerful relationship of solidarity.
In February 2012, residents of Southgate township and the town of Dundalk, Ontario drove their vehicles onto the access road leading to a construction site. The so-called “eco-park”, located near a school at the edge of town, was to be developed into a sludge-to-fertilizer processing plant.
This land protection action, 145km northwest of Hamilton, Ontario at the head waters of the Grand River (O:se Kenhionhata:tie), has stopped construction of the plant which would have processed the human sewage, industrial and medical waste that would be shipped in from Toronto. The out-sludge would then be sprayed on fields as fertilizer for our food.
With the support of Haudenosaunee land defenders, and a mobilized and highly knowledgeable local community, the blockade’s energy and strength continues to grow and there is grounds for optimism about the impending court date in July which would see the zoning rules disallow further development.
This is Toronto’s waste (everything that goes into YOUR toilet, sinks, and drains) that is being shipped to Dundalk, 350 meters from the town’s elementary school. And it is for this reason that WE need to support the residents of Dundalk and Six Nations land defenders. WE have an opportunity to halt any further environmental devastation of Six Nations territory and demand justice for us all.