Oil sands affect locals

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

A local author is concerned her future children will not have clean drinking water.

Environmental activist and artist, Sakihitowin Awasis, believes Londoners are not aware of the effects of oil sands in their city.

Awasis explains the significance of line 9, an oil pipeline running through the most populated parts of Canada, which crosses the Thames River twice.

AajimwnaangMembers of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation living on a reserve near Sarnia Ont., have been affected by surrounding pipelines and chemicals from industrial facilities.

Awasis says to XFM, ” If the rare cancers were as prevalent in the mainstream settler cities, it would be considered an epidemic. The reality is that society does not value certain bodies and the health of certain people as much as it does others.”

Despite the political power behind oil sands, Awasis co-wrote: A Line in the Tar Sands, which advocates for people’s health and safety.

Awasis explains why the 21st century is significant, “there is a sense of urgency that we need to do something now. A lot of the rehabilitation techniques that are being used in the tar sands are not sufficient.”

The extraction of oil from Canadian oil sands continues to be one of the most controversial issues in our country.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation

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