As reported by APTN, two delegates from Australian Indigenous groups, the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Councils, stopped in Alberta last week as part of a world tour to raise awareness of a mining project planned for their sacred territories.
Sounds like a familiar story, doesn’t it? Murrawah Johnson, representing the tribes’ youth, said that “we’re fighting the same issues, fighting the same people, fighting the same companies, fighting the fossil fuel industry, fighting our governments to say this is not ok.”
The Australian representatives saw value in sharing their struggle with people around the world, which is a struggle they share with their Albertan hosts.
As their visit continues into this week, we hope that both guests and hosts can share with and learn from one another, equipping each other to protect their lands and ways of life.
Chris Klassen is the Communications Coordinator for the One River, Many Relations documentary project and contributes content to One River News as a part of that work. He studied International Development and Communications at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB and is happy to be contributing to the work of building future relationships between land, people, and industry.