Duluth for Clean Water

©Mother Earth Water Walk

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have the second of a two-part conversation with Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe grandmother, elder and water activist involved with the Mother Earth Water Walkers.

Beginning in 2003, she walked the shorelines of the great lakes, encouraging mindfulness of protecting our precious fresh waters.  In her journey over fifteen years she walked around 17,000 miles.  Josephine is originally from the Wikwemikong First Nation She lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have the first of a two-part conversation with Josephine Mandamin, an Anishinaabe grandmother, elder and water activist involved with the Mother Earth Water Walkers.

Anmesty International Canada

Before 2014, Quesnel Lake in British Colombia was an untouched, crystal clear body of water.

When the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, owned by Canadian company Imperial Metals, opened, residents had the promise in writing that nothing would be dumped into the lake.

Duluth For Clean Water

The controversy over the proposed Polymet mine is heated, to say the least.  It's often framed (among other things) as jobs v. the environment or the Iron Range v. the Twin Cities.

But in the middle - geographically and, to an extent, philosophically - is Duluth and Duluth for Clean Water. 

©John Krumm

John Doberstein says he cringes when the conversation becomes "What's better?  Good mining jobs or tourism jobs paying minimum wage?"

In fact, the Duluth for Clean Water organizer has gone on the record more than once saying he rejects the ideas that it's "jobs v. the environment" or "the Iron Range v. the Cities."

Doberstein isn't afraid of tough conversations - he just wants them to start - and focus on - what brings people together, and one of those things, he believes, are good-paying jobs that allow people to live, work and raise families in the Northland.

John Doberstein

One of Duluth's newest non-profits made a splash last Saturday night, holding a fact-based panel discussion with top-tier speakers about the proposed PolyMet mine -- and following it up with a social hour and live music.