Mackinaw City, MI, May 13-15, 2022: Heart of the Turtle Gathering – International Indigenous Global Warming Gathering


International Indigenous Delegation, Activists Meet in Mackinaw City to Address Global Climate Change

Event will include historic Anishinabek welcoming the Lakota horse ceremony

MICHIGAN – An international collective of Indigenous leaders and activists from Russia, Canada and the United States will join forces in Mackinaw City over the weekend to oppose the wars over petroleum and call for an end to fossil fuels.

In early April, a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that we have only three years to make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions before we miss the window to hold off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. The international Indigenous groups, along with their allies, will combine their traditional knowledge with modern methods to raise awareness and remind others about how we can all take care of Mother Earth. This inspiring, educational and fun filled event is intended to raise awareness on how all of us must put an end to fossil fuels and increase our efforts towards renewable energy.
The groups will meet in Mackinaw City for two days of sharing of international activist knowledge, cultural teachings, music, food and dance in Mackinaw City.


All May 13, May 14 activities are in Mackinaw City.

Sunrise Ceremonies begin May 13 and 14 at McGulpin Point Lighthouse (near Enbridge pumping station).

May 13 activities begin at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This will be held indoors at the St. Anthony reception hall, 600 West Central Avenue. Mackinaw City, MI, and feature presentations from the Artic Center (Indigenous peoples from Siberia) as well as Indigenous activists from Line 3 & Line 5 and academics from the Midwest region and Canada. Food will be available.

May 14 activities begin at 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and include a historic Lakota welcoming horse ceremony at Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Park, walk under the Mackinaw Bridge with Lakota horses through Mackinaw City overlooking the beautiful Straits of Mackinac. Followed by a day of sharing of international Indigenous cultures from Great Lakes Tribes combined with Indigenous Arctic music and dance. Art build, seed/plant exchange, speakers and music inspired and performed by Line 3 and 5 Water Protectors will take place at Conkling Heritage Park, 335 S. Huron Avenue (1-7 pm).

With support from International indigenous environmental leaders including International renowned Siberian Indigenous activist, Pavel Sulyandziga, local leaders and activists are putting a spotlight on protecting the Great Lakes from oil pipelines owned by the Canadian oil company, Enbridge. Enbridge has defied a lawful order from the State of Michigan whose deadline was last year, that requires them to shut down their dangerous, nearly 70-year-old oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. Since May 13, 2021, Enbridge has been operating its pipeline in the Straits illegally. Michigan’s tribal community and international activists from across the world will demand Enbridge remove its pipeline and stop the tunnel from the Straits of Mackinac.

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