Water Ceremony Held On International Bridge

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In all efforts to build awareness of the First Nations concerns, today at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge the First Nations Water Ceremony was held. Starting from the bottom border in Canada, the First Nations group marched midway on the International Bridge to perform their water ceremony.

This march was held to bring awareness to the concerns that there is no border when it comes to the nature of land and water. The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will be closed from noon to 2:30 p.m..

The bridge was closed on both the Canadian border and the American border.

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  1. When will people learn that ….we should be joining forces with the First Nations People. They are attempting to protect the country. Is the colour of our skin going to matter when disaster strikes?

  2. I support freedom to think for oneself and to say things that may be unpopular. I do not support offensive or abusive language, nor illegal activities such as blockades and setting fires on railway lines. These are terrorist tactics and we need our government to act and keep transportation lines open and safe for all Canadians. Traffic on international bridges should never be disrupted except for inclement weather and winds. No one should be able to shut down a bridge because of a ceremony (which strikes me as a blockade by another name).

    • Media will not report simple words from first nations , let alone give them any measure of credibility, without action(s). Politicians make eloquent speeches that are recorded and promoted by media, but follow-up actions to those words are very slow to manifest, if ever they do. Promises not kept are simply lies.

      • Simply untrue Eric. You only need to do a quick search on this media site to see a variety of FN stories reported through the years as well as events intended to bring all people together in the Community Events Calendar. Do we all have a long ways to go? Judging by the recent flood of negative comments, that can’t be more apparent. However, we all have the ability to lead by example and set out on a more prosperous path for all.

    • Cheri Belsito cheri belsito… FB does not have a feature where we can turn off comments on a post, only across the entire page for all posts. The only option is to stop sharing Indigenois stories on our FB page to prevent all these racist comments, basically taking away their opportunity to utilize a platform that so many others have come to benefit from. Our team is exhausted trying to keep up with moderation and it truly is a SAD day.

    • Cheri Belsito however just because we do not agree does not make people racist! What they are doing is wrong in every sense of the word!
      They wouldn’t be doing it if they didn’t want the attention!

    • Cheri Belsito that is exactly what we’ve been trying to keep up with. We’re literally having to moderate 100s of comments. Unfortunately being forced to take the same actions as SooToday to stop posting Indigenous stories to our FB page… how is that fair to anyone?

    • Cheri Belsito you do have the power at your fingertips Cheri… report that person to FB for policy violations and FB will take actions to warn and/or shut down their account. Simply click on their name and select report.

    • Sault Online Tony Spadafora’s comment is still above. Been there all morning. How is reading such comments fair? It’s disgusting. It’s probably not even a real profile. I reported it to FB regardless.

    • Sault Online how is it fair to anyone? WELL since this city is SURROUNDED by Reserves it would help in the following ways –
      1. Our Elders wouldnt have to read this hate. They have exprienced it for too long.
      2. Our youth dont have to read it. Those racist and hateful comments could make them want to “hide” their culture or even worse. Its hard knowing everyone hates you because youre native.
      3. Our women wouldnt have to read that.

      I totally understand why you wouldnt because like its “silencing” but do you know how bad it is to leave it up even to be monitored?

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