Ben Powless is a Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario, Canada. He posted a powerful message on the blog rabble.ca and pollution from tar sands and in general about pollution in the lands of Indigenous peoples.
He traveled to the tar sands tailings ponds and it reminded him of other trips to places where Indigenous peoples’ lands are being despoiled; such as in the Russian Arctic and Saami (Indigenous) reindeer herders, and Amazonian peoples who aere trying to stop oil companies and oil spills in the Peruvian jungles.
He alleged that the tar sands situation was far worse than the Saami and Peruvian situations.
He viewed the site of the Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. tailings pond which was about five-kilometers long and one-kilometer wide.
He states that toxic waste covered many acres with an oily ooze.
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