It is their responsibility to the ancestors and to the seven generations to come.

Prophecy says when the time comes, it will be women who emerge as the ultimate guardians and protectors of life.

They are honoring and bringing awareness to how protection of the waters is intrinsically connected to the protection of our food, herbs, women’s wisdom, birthing wisdom, children, communities, earth, and sustainable living.

"It's very simple. Every effort we make is for all of our children and grandchildren. We make a commitment to continue the struggle, and to make every effort for all of us."

According to a new study in Social Science Research, “controlling for other factors, in nations where there is a matriarchy, CO2 emissions are lower.”

Study coauthors Christina Ergas and Richard York, sociologists at the University of Oregon–Eugene, write:

Even when controlling for a variety of measures of “modernization,” world-system position, and democracy, nations where women have higher status — as indicated by the length of time women have had the right to vote and women’s representation in parliament and ministerial government — tend to have lower CO2 emissions per capita. This finding suggests that efforts to improve women’s status around the world, clearly worthy on their own merits, may work synergistically with efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and avert dramatic global climate change.

Ergas and York say they can’t explain why this correlation exists, but, among other potential reasons, it’s “possible that women make different decisions than do men when placed in positions of power.” Like, say, not giving away the family store to oil barons, not building a massive, leak-prone, climate-screwing pipeline right down the middle of the country, not squandering $4 trillion on two simultaneous, senseless wars …

Indigenous women “tend to perceive environmental risks as more threatening”

Indigenous women “are less optimistic about the potential to solve problems by relying solely on technical fixes”

Indigenous women “are more active in environmental reform projects”

*“although they are not as active as men in mainstream environmental organizations, women are estimated to make up 60% to 80% of grassroots environmental organization membership”

Indigenous women often cite their roles as caregivers as the primary reason they are active in grassroots environmental movements”


Most people run from wolves but one brave couple spent six years of their lives living with the feared creatures in an effort to better understand their way of life.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived in a tent within the world's largest wolf enclosure in a bid to observe and document the behaviour of the wild animals. The married couple lived without electricity or running water and braved temperatures of -40 Farenheit as they spent six years living in the 25 acre enclosure on the edge of Idaho's Sawtooth wilderness.

And as these intimate images show, Jim, 69 and Jamie, 50, formed an incredible bond with the animals and gained a unique insight into the lives and behaviour of wolves.

By socialising with the pack from when they were pups, Jim and Jamie were able to gain the wolves trust and observe their behaviour in a way that few people ever have.

They bottle fed the wolves as cubs, watched them mature, establish a hierarchy within the pack, produce their own offspring and even witnessed the pack mourn the death of a loved one.

The couple then captured the intimate lives of the wolf pack on film, in a bid to dispel myths about the animals and show a different side to the usually socially-guarded animals.

Adjusting: By socialising with the pack from when they were pups, Jim and Jamie were able to gain the wolves trust and observe their behaviour in a way that few people ever have


A therapy dog that worked with people with autism and PTSD was shot to death by a hunter who mistakenly believed the pet was a wolf.

Valeria Calderoni, founder of Canine Valley rehabilitation centre in Squamish, B.C. says Kaoru was shot at point blank range while she was out with a trainer and nine dogs on their regular Monday morning hike north of the city.

They were putting leashes back onto the dogs when she heard a bang so loud that she instinctually crouched down.

That's when she saw her four-year-old pup had been hit by a bullet, just three metres away from her. The distraught owner tried to save her dog but the injuries were too grave.

"There was a huge amount of blood. I just told her to 'let go' and she died," she said.

"This man took my dog's life because he thought she was a wolf. We could have died."

Kaoru was a Tamaskan dog, a rare Finnish breed. The working dog was specifically bred to look like a wolf by mixing the Siberian husky, Alaskan malamute and German shepherd breeds, according to the website Dog Breed Plus. The BC Conservation Service has launched a full investigation into what it calls a "very unfortunate situation."

Sgt. Simon Gravel said the shooter is claiming misidentification of the species. He was hunting for deer on Crown land but "believed the animal was a wolf." While deer hunting is allowed in the area, wolf hunting is not, Gravel added. Calderoni says she frequently hikes in the region with children, and believes that the hunter could have easily hit one of them instead.

"Could you imagine if a child had to experience that? Or worse, if he had hit a child?" she said.

Kaoru worked as an emotional therapy dog whose biggest talent was working to calm children with autism.

"These beautiful kids have episodes and would sometimes be rough with her, but Kaoru was amazing and followed her training perfectly. She would squint her eyes, lay down, and let out a sigh, the kids then would slowly begin to calm down as their hands crunched tightly on Kaoru's fur," she said.

In a region commonly used by hunters, dog walkers, mountain bikers and hikers alike, conservation officials say the dog's death serves as an important reminder for anyone using the backcountry.

"Always be very visible when you walk in the forest, knowing it's hunting season," Gravel told CTV Vancouver.

"It's also important for hunters to be 100 per cent sure of their target before they shoot an animal."

Now grieving her pet, Calderoni has started an online campaign to have hunting banned in the area.

"This is a huge tragedy," she said. "Something good should come of Kaoru's death."

The hunter is cooperating with its investigation.

Salt water had mixed with the natural drinking holes, making them undrinkable

Firefighters in Florida helped save a deer from dehydration after finding it trapped in a home destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

A crew from Delray Beach Fire Department was surveying damaged buildings in Big Pine Key, Florida, as part of a strike team when it came across the weakened deer inside a home.

Lieutenant Nicholas Johnson fed the deer four bottles of water, and the buck ran off after regaining his strength.

'I don't know who was more startled the deer or me,' Johnson, who is part of the Strike team but works for Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue, said. 'I am just glad to not only help the residents, but the wildlife as well.'

Johnson said that the endangered Key deer population's water supply had been completely wiped out in Hurricane Irma due to storm surge.

Salt water from the ocean had mixed with the natural drinking holes, making them undrinkable.

Monroe County BOCC urged Keys residents to contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife if they come across deer in distress.

'This is an extraordinary circumstance involving a distressed deer and a trained first responder,' it said in a Facebook post. Several endangered deer found only in the lower Florida Keys have been spotted following Hurricane Irma.



The second Monday in October will be recognized by the city of Tulsa as Native American Day.

The City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution at the behest of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission.

The group had proposed renaming Columbus Day, "as several cities and states in the United States (Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Seattle, California, North Dakota) have enacted laws re-naming Columbus Day as 'Indigenous Peoples Day' or 'Native American Day' in honor of the Native peoples and their contributions to American culture," according to supporting information submitted March 8 for the council resolution.

"Some cities have done this, but we are not," a city spokeswoman told the Tulsa World. "Tulsa is recognizing Native American Day on the same day as Columbus Day but not doing anything to the designation of Columbus Day."

The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution with the modification of establishing the recognition of Native American Day without renaming the holiday.

Robert Anquoe, vice-chairman of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission and a mayoral appointee, said the effort to create Native American Day in Tulsa has been a long time coming. When he chaired the commission two years ago, he reintroduced discussion that had began within city committees "long before that."

"Mainly it was just to recognize the history of Tulsa, being that Tulsa was formed on tribal reservation land initially," Anquoe said. "A lot of history has come through and come about via tribal members and tribes that really had the purpose of developing the city of Tulsa."

He established the committee that was tasked with researching the issue, gathering support and drafting the language of the resolution.

"They really did some good work," Anquoe said, adding that the goal in Tulsa was never to replace Columbus Day. The language of the Tulsa resolution notes only that "all too often, an inaccurate portrayal of history is taught in our school systems that Columbus and the Europeans were the first peoples to 'discover' America."

Columbus Day will remain a federal holiday, with Tulsa city offices remaining open that day, Oct. 9 this year.

Anquoe said the tribes have been supportive through this effort and are excited to see the resolution passed. He said an event celebrating Native American Day in Tulsa would be "probably pretty simple this year being that it's such short notice," but the commission will call a special meeting to plan.
"We're proud of the city of Tulsa, proud of our Native heritage, and we just want to express that and share that with the community," Anquoe said.