Sagamok and Massey take part in Earth 2022 activities

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On Earth Day 2022, the communities of Massey First Nation and Sagamok Anishnawabek are doing their part in Earth Day activities.

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Earth Day began in 1970 in the United States when approximately 20 million people participated in protests across the United States for a healthy environment. As a result of the Earth Day actions of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency was formed, which led to many laws to protect the environment.

Twenty years later, in 1990, Earth Day was a global event involving 200 million people in 141 countries. Over the following years, the event continued to grow with 184 countries and hundreds of millions of people participating in the year 2000. Over time, more and more communities began to participate in the Day of Earth. Protests in major urban areas, as well as environmental cleanups in small towns, continue to happen in even the smallest communities. Massey and Sagamok, like many other small communities, have embraced the idea of ​​Earth Day with various cleanups and activities underway.

Many Massey and area residents will participate in Earth Day cleanups this year. Local resident Lindie Weston organizes a cleanup group in the Massey area. She invites people to join her at Massey Memorial Park on April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to clean up the city center and encourage people “to choose a public space or even their own street and pick up as much litter as possible. . .”

Weston advises attendees to bring their own bags for trash and to be careful around ditches and waterways with all the recent rains. Weston encourages those taking part in Earth Day clean-ups to submit a photo to the Massey Earth Day clean-up 2022 Facebook page.

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In Sagamok, the community participates in an Earth Day photo contest organized by Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC). Photos should show Earth Day activities in the community. Children, youth and adults are encouraged to email a photo with a brief description and name of their community to NSTC [email protected] Entries must be received by 4 p.m. on April 23 to be eligible for prizes. The winners will be chosen on April 25 by drawing lots.

Other activities will take place in Sagamok on Earth Day, April 22, including garbage collection from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., educational kiosks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a family barbecue with burgers, hot dogs and salads from noon to 1 p.m. These events will take place in the parking lot of the Multi Educational Center. Everyone who participates in these Earth Day activities will be able to pick up free items including mini greenhouses, soil, seeds, plants and gardening tools to take home and plant a garden.

On Friday, April 22, Earth Day, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is hosting a virtual maple syrup making event. The Zoom meeting will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; people are encouraged to join ONWA in this Earth Day activity “by making maple syrup and enjoying earth activities as we celebrate Mother Earth.” Let’s share the ways we can commit to change and ask, “How am I going to protect the Earth?” How can I keep the Earth healthy and clean for future generations? »

Registration for this event is required at http://bit.ly/3KIIA6i.

Join others this Earth Day 2022 as they clean up Massey and participate in area activities.

Photo providedTwo young children from the Massey area show off the trash they picked up on Earth Day 2020.

Sara H. Byrd