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Sep 20/07 - Flotilla Leaves Saturday

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Feature Article - September 20, 2007

Flotilla Leaves Saturdayby Jeff Green

At 11:00 am on Saturday, September 24, a canoe flotilla will be launched from the bridge at Ardoch. Some of the canoes are bound for Ottawa and a rally at Parliament Hill.Calling the launch a Coalition of Communities, organizers invite everyone to attend the launch, which will include an opportunity for a paddle on Mud Lake and a opportunity for a family friendly gathering on the water (byob – bring your own boat, or come as you are).Harold Perry, the honourary chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, will be giving water from the headwaters of the Mississippi River system to two young Algonquin maidens, representing the Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwaan First Nations. They will act as water bearers to bring the water by birch bark canoe to Algonquin elder Chief William Commanda, who will receive the water 6 days later, at a ceremony scheduled for 10:00 am at Victoria Island on the Ottawa River near Parliament Hill. The water and the demand for a moratorium on uranium mining will be poured out on the steps of the Parliament buildings. More details about the events in Ottawa on September 28 will be available at www.ccamu.ca

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