Statement from elder spokesperson Rosemary Wakegijig on June 7,2011 following a meeting in their community:
It is 10:40 p.m. Chief and Council took the wind farm development endeavour out of their work plan. However, we decided we will continue with the petition and also to support yours.
We gave approx. 80% of the buttons, even the Pro-WT councillor wore one. We made a powerful presence. Even without the drum. There is still much work to be done for the whole Island issue and ours. We want plenty of names.
The following was posted on the Wikwemikong youth facebook page.
Chief and Council of Wikwemikong agreed to stop the spin in Wiky so no windfarms in Wiky. It was a fight and we believed in ourselves. Next we want to support the Great Spirit Island to stop the spin.
This is democracy in action in our country represented in the Wikwemikong community where the elders and youth have come together to protect their culture and heritage. As residents of their community, they have restored the voice of the people and influenced the decision makers of their land to eepresent what the community members want.
This democracy been stripped from rural Ontario citizens through the provincial Liberals Green Energy Act. An industrial policy that is dressed up as an environmental policy. This is an act that they will certainly be held accountable for in the upcoming provincial election this October.
Here is the agenda for Thursdays Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands meeting of the Administration & Finance Committee to be held June 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. In the NEMI Recreation Centre in Little Current.
4. Deputation: Rosemary Wakegijig – Wind Turbine Development
We support the Elders and youth in their presentation to NEMI council.
Manitoulin Coalition For Safe Energy Alternatives