Great news - more than 550 people have marched in Red Head today, a small rural community of 1500 near Saint John, New Brunswick. The community where TransCanada wants a new to build a 7.8 million barrel oil storage tank farm, and where they would partner with Irving on a massive new export port for at least 115 tankers carrying 1-2 million barrels each to places like the U.S., Europe and India.
The colourful march led by Indigenous participants from Madawaska Maliseet, Tobique, St Mary's First Nations (and more) has reached the shores of the Bay of Fundy where a pipe ceremony followed by a water ceremony were taking place. A water declaration has been read on behalf of the Peace and Friendship Alliance, a newly formed group bring together Indigenous people from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine with New Brunswick residents and NGO's.
Participants have linked arms on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, drawing a line in the sand against TransCanada's 1.1 million barrel per day export Energy East pipeline.
The full day to follow includes speeches from the local Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association which has coordinated the day's events, as well as members of the Peace and Friendship Alliance, people coming from Quebec and Maine to highlight recent victories in stopping the proposed Energy East Cacouna port and stopping tar sands export in South Portland. there are also representatives from the fisheries community and unions participating in the march as well as a significant number of local residents. There are a number of high profile New Brunswick musicians also on deck including Jesse Cox and the Hubert Francis Band. There are also family friendly activities including face painting, a bonfire and fireworks.