When July 03, 2024 at 12:00pm 1 hr 30 mins
Where Zoom


Event 6

Shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline
Protecting the Great Lakes from an ecological disaster

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About the Event

Enbridge’s Line 5 is a deteriorating 70-year-old crude oil and natural gas pipeline that crosses directly through the heart of the Great Lakes, threatening a drinking water source for over 40 million people. This presentation will cover some of the key facts about the Line 5 pipeline, as well as give an overview of the efforts to protect the Great Lakes from Line 5 that are being carried out by Great Lakes Tribal and First Nations, NGOs, and grassroots environmental defenders across the U.S. and Canada.


About the Speaker 

Michelle is a Métis and British-Canadian water protector who resides in Tkaronto/Toronto, Ontario. Her Métis roots are from Lac Ste. Anne, AB, and the lake’s original Cree name is manitou sakhahikan (sagahgigan) meaning spirit of the lake. She has been involved in advocacy for water protections, Indigenous sovereignty and justice, and climate justice for many years of her adult life in the Tkaronto area. Michelle holds a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto and a MASc in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. For the last decade, her learning and work has focused on freshwater issues affecting the Great Lakes and Ontario. She has worked as a researcher and analyst for organizations such as the International Joint Commission, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association. In recent years, Michelle helped lead several Great Lakes focused campaigns for Environmental Defence Canada as the water program manager, including advocating for a shut down of the Line 5 pipeline. Now, Michelle works as an independent water protector and Great Lakes freshwater protections specialist. This includes continuing to work alongside Canadian and US NGOs, Indigenous communities and water protectors, and independent grassroots environmental protectors for the permanent shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline.Michelle believes the Great Lakes are an important living relation for all who reside near these waters. Her hope is to see a shared reality for these water bodies where Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations come together to ensure the restored ways of living in harmony with the waters that is in alignment with the Seventh Generation Principle of leaving behind a healthy world for the next seven generations to come and honouring our responsibilities to be good ancestors

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