(AEC) is an Aboriginal group whose members live in and around the Sault Ste Marie area. In the Anishinabe language, “Atikameg” is our word for “Whitefish”. The name was chosen for many reasons. This area was known in our people’s history for its fishing and as a meeting place. In our culture, the whitefish, which is found in all of the Great Lakes, symbolizes abundance, fertility and beauty. The whitefish and all the animals and plants in this land have the right to live, and as Anishinabe people we recognize that we are all part of this world, that we depend on each other, and that we sustain each other. Pollution that results in the destruction of the land, the air, and waters, places all life in jeopardy. Many people are now beginning to realize that this is true and that it is happening all over the world. The members of the AEC committee are becoming increasingly concerned about the continued contamination and destruction of the land and have decided to take a stronger, more public position on the issues that affect us all. The committee was formed in 1999 in response to a concern around the importation of MOX fuel through the area. The AEC has submitted position papers to Transport Canada on the issues of MOX nuclear fuel and to the International Joint Commission on the export of bulk water. The committee has planned events and supported fund raising efforts on behalf of the Walk to Remember and the Migration Journey for the Protection of the Great Lakes. These projects were undertaken to promote awareness regarding water quality issues and to bring communities together to exchange information and to begin work on some of these issues.
If you are interested in participating on this committee, please e-mail or call – Atikameg Environmental Committee, c/o191 Maple St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6B 2H9, (705) 253-5045, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org We welcome all those interested.
The Atikameg Environmental Committee is a member of the Ontario Environmental Network and Northwatch. They are also affiliates and supporters of the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Indigenous Peoples hub. The hub sends a big Migwich,Nway Weh, thank you, for their work in coordinating the Indigenous Peoples hub Organizational Development meeting at Sugar Island Cultural Camp outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan October 26 – 27, 2002.