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HERB GRAY PARKWAY TRAIL OPENING

Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon and Council Members attended the Opening of the Herb Gray Parkway Trail in Windsor on November 9, 2016. The new, 17-kilometre multi-use trail is the first trail that has been incorporated into a major provincial highway project in Ontario.

Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, was accompanied by Drew Dilkens, the Mayor of Windsor, Chief Miskokomon, Reta Sands, Walpole Island Elder, and Lori Newton, Executive Director of Bike Windsor Essex to officially open the trails on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway. The trail runs from Malden Rd. in the west to Howard Ave. in the east.

The relationship that exists today between Walpole Island First Nation (WIFN) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway began in 2004 during the early planning stages for a new end-to-end border transportation system in the Windsor-Detroit Gateway. Through consultation, WIFN has influenced policy and infrastructure projects to include opportunities to share First Nation history and culture with neighboring communities.

Walpole Island artist, Teresa Altiman, was commissioned to design an interpretation of the Great Turtle which carries the Grandfather Stone.

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Chippewas of the Thames is headed to Canada’s highest court to fight the Line 9 oil-flow reversal

Bolstered by the support of an international environmental group, a London-area First Nation is calling on all Canadians to join its campaign against energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of oil in the Line 9B pipeline.

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada this month for an appeal hearing on the change to the pipeline which travels through Chippewas land, a change which members — along with critics and environmentalists — warn could lead to an environmental catastrophe.

The reversal has been greenlighted by the National Energy Board, but, the Chippewas aruge, without the Crown first fulfilling its constitutional duty to consult the First Nation.

While the appeal takes place at the Supreme Court, supporters are organizing a “fill-the-Hill” demonstration in Ottawa that aims to get attention on Parliament Hill down the street. Read More.