In early April 2012, several Anishnabek men from established a peace and unity camp outside a settler heritage museum in Coldwater Ontario, north of Barrie. The camp was set up in an effort to educate the world about the inter-tribal agreements in existence as well as the nation-to-nation agreements between Indigenous nations and the Canadian governments and British Crowns (which us settlers have failed to honour).
The camp's name is Oshkimaadziig, an Anishnabek word which refers to the 'New people of the seventh fire prophecy who will pick up the things left behind to light the 8th and final fire'. In early May, the camp moved from Coldwater to Awenda provincial park, north of Midland, to a traditional gathering place called council rock.
In midmay the GRMC was able to sit down with two of the camps initiators (Johhny Hawke, and Richard Peters) for an interview, and we present it here.
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