Communiqué from Eloise:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 12:06 AM
Perry Ridge Peace Camp
I'm off tomorrow to help set up a Peace Camp on Perry Ridge. Can we get a map of the area. Maybe Jan has one and we aren't sure yet where it will be but most likely close to the gate on the main Road. The Sinixte are very concerned and involved. This is history in the making and a pivotal time for a nation that was once declared extinct.
We are asking everybody to come forward and support the Sinixte and their claim to preserving ancestral lands as a legacy to future generations. Anybody who cares should be there.
An aerial view of the top of Perry Ridge.
The flat top of the ridge is home to some of
the remaining old growth forests of the Slocan Valley.
Monday, September 5, 2010
PROTECTING THE SACRED
On the full moon of August 24th, sixty people gathered from many nations and all walks of life to attend a water blessing ceremony at Rainbow's End Ranch on Glacier Creek called "Protecting the Sacred". In all Indigenous traditions water is considered a sacred living entity and honored for its life giving qualities. Through the teachings of Masuru Emoto science has finally proven that a drop of water can turn into a beautiful crystal just with our thoughts.
Glacier Creek Water Blessing
The event was organized by the proprietors of the ranch, Mick and Gabriela Grabowsky, and Eloise Charet Bear Clan of New Denver. They were inspired to hold the ceremony after attending an international indigenous meeting in Lillooet this past spring. There, water they brought with them from Glacier Creek and New Denver was blessed by several indigenous spiritual leaders.
The children were the first to speak and were very concerned about fresh, healthy water in their future and they were very, very worried. Then the adults rose to hold the talking stick and spoke of coming from countries like Israel, Mexico, United States and Europe where water has become polluted and scarce. One never realizes the true value of water until the well runs dry. Grace from Alberta was concerned with the oil industry and the amount of fresh water used in the extraction process. Gabriela spoke of Glacier Creek, their home and the constant threat to the valley. From mining to logging and now a power plant that will dam the creek and remove the water, or a Jumbo ski resort with 6000 toilets flushing glacier water in a world dying of thirst.
We all spoke of our spiritual connection to the source that connects all of us with all life. The gratitude we have for its sustenance and the hope that we can preserve this fragile ecosystem. The children proudly poured the blessed water into Glacier Creek with their hope and prayers to the sound of drums and the rushing creek.
These mountains are the source, the watersheds of our country in a world running out of fresh water. They, like our children, are priceless.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Glacier Creek Ceremony Update:
The ceremony at Glacier Creek (August 24) was well attended by people from all over this year. Eloise will be sharing her thoughts about the time shortly. In the meantime one can look at great pictures of the event at Doug Pyper's Photography website - then go to Portfolio Galleries and to the Glacier Creek Ceremony folder.
Friday the 13th on Idaho Peak
On Friday the 13th, a group of around 30 people gathered on the top of Idaho peak. We were led by two musicians, Jugo and Carlos from Peru. They call themselves culture keepers and do this same ritual back home in their mountains. They poured blessed water from a Native American Ceremony performed earlier that week and honored the four directions. Their drum and Andean flute brings joy to the heart; their song is one of gratitude for all that we receive from mother earth. It was a pleasure to participate in this ancient ritual that reflects a culture that treats the earth as a sacred living entity and is in harmony with all life rather than seeking to dominate, harness and exploit the re-sources.
We turned the corner and there was this incredible rainbow illuminating our location while around us much was in darkness. We were awestruck…
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
FULL MOON WATER CEREMONY
AT GLACIER CREEK
August 24, 2010
Up Glacier Creek
For larger map Click Here.
On Tuesday August 24th, in the afternoon, we will be honoring and
blessing the water of Glacier Creek. Not far from Nelson, it is located
north of Kootenay Lake, past Kaslo towards Meadow Creek. You turn right
at the Lardeau Bridge and make a left up the Duncan Road for 10 km. Then
you make a right up the Glacier Creek Road for 5 km and Rainbow’s End
ranch is on the road.
In accord with our Indigenous traditions, we see water as a sacred living
entity, truly the liquid plasma that incubates life and the cradle of
genesis. Science is finally retrieving its spirituality where physics
returns to metaphysics, chemistry to alchemy and so on. In the teachings
of Masuru Emoto, we can visibly see a water drop turn into a beautiful
crystal just with our thoughts.
I will be carrying the water blessed by a Hopi Grandmother at the
International Indigenous gathering. Mick and Storm Grabowsky have Glacier
Creek water charged and blessed by Frank Many Horses. They told me the
water was almost boiling hot when he handed it to them. I will also have
water from Kootenay Lake and my source in New Denver, Silverton that was
blessed and prayed over in a Native American church ceremony led by
Kwalt-le (not sure of spelling), on Siniixte Land in Vallican.
These waters will be poured into Glacier Creek. Everybody should bring
water from their source and pour half into the creek and fill your
container with Glacier Creek water to bring back and pray over your
source. All these waters will flow out towards the lake, the river and the
ocean with our love and gratitude for the health giving qualities of the
water of life. The Buddha once said that faith is like holding a vessel of
holy water, if you keep it to yourself it will evaporate but if you pour
it into the stream of life it will live forever.
Think of how water drops have such a powerful attraction to one another
and when they gather together can hold a weight up that is heavier than
them. We too must hold together and be strong to carry through the
adversity of our times. The threat to the watershed of life is endemic
from oil and toxic garbage turning our oceans into an acidic wasteland or
clear cut logging drying the earth, mining pollution and power plants
damming the rivers and now creeks. Presently Glacier is one of the most
threatened ecosystems in British Columbia. Mining with acidic waste rock
already impacted the area, then clear cut logging destroyed a lot of
habitat and many animals have died. Now it’s either a ski hill for the
rich or a Ruin of the River Power Project.
It has been proven that water carries memory in its molecular structure.
Our Glaciers are melting back down to the time of the last ice age and the
dramatic changes that occurred to the earth. In that water is the memory
of those days and drinking it reminds our DNA of our ancient past.
So bring your water and your love for the all the beauty and bounty of
life and help us fertilize these waters with good thoughts and remember
the more we hold things sacred, the more it reflects back unto us.
Eloise Charet, Bear Clan
Monday, May 17, 2010
On - Tuesday May 18th noon- 1pm,
at - Taghum Beach Park on Kootenay River
a focused and intimate group of us is coming together here in the
Kootenays to take part in an international effort for healing and prayers
for the world's waters. I think of you as a person holding focus and
grounding for the earth in a good way, and if you are available, I would
love if you could participate. We are coordinating with an event for
Planetary Waters that we learned about from Marshall Jack at the last 13
Indigenous Grandmother's Council (info included below). I have included
the email/links below about what is happening officially around the world
for May 18th.
Thus far we have confirmations for ceremony from Ananda (prayer/sound),
Celesttina (song), Claire and Jean (song, music), me (guided
visualization, crystals), Terence (giving us water water from Machu
Picchu), Miriam/Adonia (chant), several other young people, children and a
few carpools from the valley& Nelson. If you're interested, could you
offer a simple prayer for the waters? We are suggesting folks bring a
picnic lunch to share if you wish to stay to break bread together,*picnic
You are asked to* bring your intentions* for our local waters& the
waters of the world, and to*bring any offerings, crystals, waters from the
world, and prayers for these waters.* Any crystals need to be in the
river waters by 12:38pm PST May 18th, when there will be a raising of
energies at 8 lakes on 6 continents around the world to create a
nine-pointed star ( the earth is the ninth point on the star)... each lake
has crystals in them, several have had Kootenay Lake crystals distributed
to them. Among many dedicated groups gathering around the globe will be
Marshall Jack and his group near Galveston, Texas to offer healing to the
Gulf of Mexico.
Anybody that is interested in joining us would certainly be welcome. In
the coming days I'll be sending more info., including a way to participate
through meditation if you and other friends of yours are not able to be
there in person. While I truly hope you can come , any offerings you may
have are welcome for this water ceremony.
Much Love and Light,
**once you reach the beach, we'll be either visible to the far right - OR
- we'll be at the far end of the beach on the left past the volley ball
Canada Day - July 1, 2009
If Anyone Thought There was Opposition at Pitt River.......
Recently there were meetings in Kaslo, Meadow Creek and Invemere regarding the proposed Glacier/Howser Creek IPP project. Eloise's first sketches of the meetings in Meadow Creek and Kaslo are already posted on the WaterWalk Blog, and more information and photos will be published about these meetings on the blog and elsewhere on the site soon.
The Kaslo meeting was extremely heavily attended, the gym crammed with more people than the entire population of Kaslo, partly because AXOR and the Environmental Assessment folks refused repeated entreaties to hold a meeting on the issue in the most centrally located community in Nelson. Obviously the people in Nelson are also concerned and hundreds of Nelson residents made the one hour trip up Kootenay Lake to attend the closest meeting they could attend to express their oppostion to this project for environmental and economic reasons.
Pitt River is relevant because at least there the local citizens and non-locals who treasure the wildlife values of this river were successful in either changing or stopping this development. It isn't clear yet if the voices of over a thousand people were heard in Kaslo, but this will be an indication whether or not democracy is just a fantasy or actually a form of government that we enjoy.
It is clear that the only people who want this project to go ahead are those who either will, or have been perhaps deluded into thinking that they will, make money from its implementation. It is clear that the project will not address or provide a solution to any real or imaginary energy shortage for the residents of British Columbia. There is no question that the environmental costs would be far more than any real or imaginary value of the project. As long as this same water flows over the Duncan Dam during freshet without going through non-existent (none installed) turbines, there is no sane reason to destroy three or four valleys and streams merely to line the pockets of a few people in Montreal and on Wall Street!
January 5, 2009
There was originally going to be a hearing in Nelson today, but that has been postponed until some future date.
"The court date has been postponed. Kenyon (McGee) says that Axor agreed
to stage the court case in Nelson and so they don't have to
appear just set a date for the next court case which will be
about them suing the Grabowsky's."
Axor wants the Grabowskys to pay for the costs of them (Axor/Purcell) getting an injunction and to possibly bear future losses due to delay of the project (or its cancellation). This is too funny as they are currently being delayed by their failure to meet, as yet, the environmental parameters designed by THEMSELVES!
The re-organization of this website is progressing. There are some new features/pages to tell you about.
- A new blog, incorporated into the website - called WaterWalk
- Though there is a growing list of links at WaterWalk Blog - there is also a Links page where more information can be included regarding the links.
- Like the Links page, there will also be another place to find links to videos, at the Videos Page. Videos will also be labelled as they come up in the Blog. There are many powerful and informative videos and even feature length films being made about issues around water - for drinking, agriculture and energy. We will be providing links to them here as we discover them and where to find them.
December 9, 2008
Yesterday was court day in Nelson regarding some matters involving the Injunction to End the Blockade of Glacier Creek road and perhaps the gag-order on details regarding this ongoing assault on Glacier Creek, Howser Creek, the Grabowskys and the once publically owned and shared hydraulic power resources of British Columbia and the habitat of the actual original inhabitants, namely grizzly bears, elk, mountain sheep and other and large and often threatened mammals in the North American Empire of Greed above all other values.
Hopefully in a day or two there will be news to report about what, if anything, happened yesterday in the old Rattenbury designed jewel of a Courthouse in Nelson, B.C. There were indications that some people were going to demonstrate in front of the courthouse their support of the Grabowskys and their opposition to the fire sale sell off of our resources.
Meadow Creek Meeting of the Chosen
TODAY’S PRESS RELEASE
NOVEMBER 24, 2008
PURCELL ALLIANCE FOR WILDERNESS
ARGENTA, BC V0G 1B0
AXOR’S PRIVATE MEETING FOR PRIVATE POWER
On Tuesday many residents of
the Lardeau Valley were invited by phone to a
meeting two days later on Thursday, November 20th at the Lardeau
Valley Hall in Meadow Creek hosted by Purcell Green Power (AXOR Group, Inc.),
the company proposing to develop the controversial Glacier/Howser hydroelectric
project. No public notices or
announcements were given.
Residents were lured to the
meeting with the promise of job applications, an attractive prospect in an area
with high unemployment due to the economic downturn. At the meeting, however, the
concerning jobs was a skills survey of residents with no job applications in sight.
Project manager Simon
Gourdeau of Montreal
announced that there would be 290 person years of employment over two years in
constructing the project. What he failed
to mention was that earlier this year the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO)
approved the project’s Terms of Reference which expected 450 person years of
employment. This is a 35% drop in job
The Terms of Reference also
stated 3-4 permanent jobs. At the
meeting Gourdeau now claimed 6 permanent jobs.
When pressed for the details of these jobs he admitted that the systems
were entirely automated and that someone only needed to go to the site
occasionally. He said that two people
were needed to be on call 24/7 for each installation totaling 4
“operators.” Then there is a need for a
manager to do the scheduling and an office assistant to write cheques. Local
resident Gary Diers and spokesperson
for the Purcell Alliance for Wilderness states, “I expect that one person could
do four of these jobs simultaneously with one hand tied behind his/her
back. What is becoming clear is that these
few jobs may be long term but certainly not full time.”
Although advertising job
applications, AXOR does not even have an approved project. In fact, their final
application was rejected
this summer and no new application has been submitted. In addition, Gourdeau
admitted that the bulk
of the construction work would not begin until 2010 and that AXOR does not
directly hire labour. They use
contractors to get the work done. He
expected that union labour would be hired and a local resident pointed out that
local workers were generally not union workers.
A resident of Lardeau pointed out that much of the work is actually
mining work and that training might be necessary for local hiring. Gourdeau seemed
little interested in training
anyone local for more than 2 or 3 weeks on the job for a position. While
expressing interest in hiring locally, the project manager gave no guarantees
and appeared reluctant to go the extra mile.
Diers surmises that “the whole event was a public relations exercise
preying on unemployed workers. The
entire project is regionally very unpopular and AXOR appears to be desperately
attempting to garner public support from this sector –somewhat unsuccessfully.”
While the final application
has not been resubmitted, Gourdeau updated the attendees on some of the new
information. The amount of waste rock
muck created from the tunneling was last stated in the 2007 project description
as 243,165 cubic meters. This has now
increased 60% to 390,000 cubic meters.
There are few prospects for use of this waste so that most of it is
expected to be dumped along the creeks.
The project cost has escalated from $240 million to $295 million. Despite past
assurances to the contrary, both
class 8 and class 9 forest will be leveled.
The nameplate capacity of the project has been established at 99.5
MW. Gourdeau now estimates that the EAO
application review process, which requires formal public meetings, will take
place in early 2009. This is dependent
on the EAO’s acceptance of their next final application.
Rafe Mair comes to the Lardeau
Proponents of public power and
the environment will give their perspective on the proposed Glacier/Howser project
at the Lardeau Valley Hall on December 3rd at 7pm. Rafe Mair is leading a Save Our
in the West Kootenay with additional stops in
Nelson, Nakusp, Kaslo and Rossland. The
public is warmly invited.
The Valley Voice is on the Case
In spite of not being on the Lardeau valley "phone tree" intrepid Valley Voice reporter Jan McMurray traveled over the Selkirks to attend the meeting described above. Their coverage appears on the front page of the December 3, 2008 issue and will soon be available online here.
Longtime Kaslo resident and electrical wizard, Don Scarlett, also has a letter published in the Voices from the Valley section of this issue that succinctly exposes AXOR Corp's base strategy to divide and conquer local residents to satisfy their lust for green
......Axor's strategy may work if we're just country bumpkins as they appear to believe. But it is tragic to watch the money-making dreams of a Montreal corporation drive up unrealistic expectations in a community already hard-hit economically. And it may take a long time to heal the wounds if Axor creates divisions among the North Kootenay Lake communities for its own benefit.