Andrew Frank Communications

August 02, 2012 20:23 ET

Media Advisory-BC First Nations Leaders To Join Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray

Strong BC Representation Shows Growing Concern About Origins and Impacts of Tar Sands Oil and Pipeline Projects

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2012) - First Nations leaders from the Yinka Dene Alliance, Heiltsuk, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Coastal First Nations are joining hundreds of other First Nations from across North America as part of the Third Annual Healing Walk.

Participants will walk 13 kilometres through the heart of the Alberta tar sands and will bring water from their territories for a traditional water mixing ceremony, followed by speakers from tar sands and pipeline impacted communities, and prayers for the Healing of Mother Earth and those negatively impacted by tar sands projects.

The walk will take approximately 4 hours and will be followed by a feast at the Anzac community Hall.


  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Bill Erasmus, Dene National Chief
  • Chief Jackie Thomas, Saik'uz First Nation
  • Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations

When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10 am

Where: Crane Lake Park off Highway 63 - 20 km North of Fort McMurray

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Eriel Deranger
    780 903 6598

    Media Relations
    Melina Laboucan-Massimo
    780 504 5567