A 2 week Pilgrimage along the River from the Columbia Icefields to the Heart of the Oil Sands
Maureen Wild, a long time colleague in the Work That Reconnects, is currently on a pilgrimage with Sister of Mercy, Mary Pendergast (from RI and Director of Mercy Ecology Ministries). They are following the Athabasca River from its source in the Columbia Icefield and where it takes form in Jasper National Park, to where it flows through and is used by the bitumen extractive oil companies in northeastern Alberta (north of Fort McMurray). They are also visiting Cree-Chipewyan elders and families in Fort McKay – a community of over 700 indigenous people who live near the Athabasca River and are surrounded by the industry on all sides. To follow their posts: www.riverpilgrims.net.
“My heart is moved by all I cannot save, so much has been destroyed. I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.” – Adrienne Rich