Youth, Interfaith Communities, Indigenous Peoples, and so many Intergenerational Allies have come to stand firmly together in unprecedented unity at Standing Rock. Water Protectors from every continent on Mother Earth have unified to say NO to the Dakota Access Pipeline, but even more so to say a resounding YES to a future that is sane, safe, and healthy, a future that has clean water to drink for all people of the Human Family.
As this takes place, we can each begin to feel what the Dakota people call “Wopida” in our hearts and prayers. And so it is time for us to come together, to unite in a Global Wopida Ceremony as we to Build a Global Fire of the human spirit all around the world.
Wopida is a Dakota word with profound, infinite, eternal meaning and transforming spiritual energy. The purpose of the Global Wopida is to be thankful and grateful for whatever Life bestows on us, knowing that every test and challenge comes into our lives for our spiritual growth and upliftment.
The Global Wopida is expressed by a 6 month campaign called “Build a Global Fire,” intended to keep the fires of humanity burning bright long into the New Year, where we will come together once more on June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day, for the Spring Equinox.
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. explains:
Point of the Game:
The point of Build a Global Fire is to share the transforming Spirit of Standing Rock world-wide by prayerfully igniting a six month “Global Fire” of Thanksgiving and Compassion through personal expressions on social media.
Steps of Action: