Sunday 11 December: Water Walk

In support of and with solidarity for Standing Rock, the Missouri River and the protection of water, Spring College organises a Water Walk from the Peace Palace in The Hague to the coastline. We will carry the water from the ceremony walking in a living river to the Sea.

All we have is Unity, the kind that comes only from peace and prayer.” (Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe). With this walk, we join Standing Rock in their peaceful resistance of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which might harm ecosystems and threatens traditional and treaty-guaranteed Great Sioux Nation territory. Leakage into the Missouri River, the water source for over 17 million people, animals, plants, whole ecosystems, is a cost too high to pay. We say stop, save! and we walk in peace for this.

We will gather from 2pm and depart at 2:15pm. Our walk will predominantly be in shared silence, continuing the experience from the larger water ceremony happening prior to the walk at Peace Palace, Carnegieplein. 161211_waterwalkflyerDepending on the weather, along or at the end of our walk we will have a picknick to share our intentions. Bring a candle, something to share: tea/coffee in a flask or some snacks, wear layered cloths, a heat, gloves and warm shoes. We aim to arrive at the Sea around 5pm, where there will be a fire and where our walk finishes. The water from the ceremony is brought to the sea.

Prior to the Water Walk, is a water ceremony and prayer which starts at 11am and will finish at 2pm, see more details event. This is a a closing ceremony after a whole collection of water ceremonies in the NL and Belgium. Those who wish to arrive earlier for the ceremony, feel very welcome. You are welcome to come, you can bring water and/or write your intentions on a piece of paper to offer. Those who will come for the ceremony, dress even warmer as we will stand still for most of the time. Bring 50 cents for a toilet that can be used with exact cash.

Missouri River

We recommend coming by public transport to The Hague Central Station, we start at the Peace Palace and finish at the coast (address end of the Houtrustweg), from wherparking zones map Peace Palacee you will take public transport back yourselves or park your car here. Near the Peace Palace, you could try and park (paid in red zone on Sunday, grey and green free parking).

Indicate via Facebook event page when you will join us or email if you are not on FB. We look forward to seeing you there,

Li An & Asje

More background to the issue:

It is unprecedented that so many tribes, communities and people all over the world show their compassion. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation, Lakota Community called upon us to support their protection of the Missouri River and their resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Pipeline violates the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and 1851 signed by the United States, as well as recent United States environmental regulations. The potentially 1,200-mile pipeline presents the same environmental and human dangers as the Keystone XL pipeline, and would transport hydraulically fractured (fracked) crude oil from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to connect with existing pipelines in Illinois. The route passes immediately above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, crossing Lake Oahe, tributaries of Lake Sakakawea, the Missouri River twice, and the Mississippi River once.

Here is a link to an informative syllabus. This syllabus brings together the work of Indigenous and allied activists and scholars: anthropologists, historians, environmental scientists, and legal scholars, all of whom contribute important insights into the conflicts between Indigenous sovereignty and resource extraction. While our primary goal is to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, we recognize that Standing Rock is one frontline of many around the world. Feel free to share, add, and discuss using the hashtag #StandingRockSyllabus on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media.

Now is the time to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock against catastrophic environmental damage.

If you wish to buy a support t-shirt or here.

teaching-along-river-krommerijnWith this water walk Spring College celebrates her fourth anniversary.