The announcement on Thursday, August 10th by Provincial NDP was good news! It is encouraging they will stand with the indigenous nations by supporting the court challenges. Public land will be off limits to KM until all 8 NEB environment ‘Plans’ are satisfied, only 3 are cleared to date.
In consideration of Kinder Morgan’s comments in response to BC governments announcement for special legal council today, KM states they still plan to build the pipeline on land owned by Kinder Morgan and privately owned land starting in September. Therefore, we feel it is more important than ever to make it crystal clear to KM and the Federal government and to support the BC Provincial government, we NEED TO BE READY to defend our land and water from the risk of this bitumen pipeline.
We have set up this meeting in response to many requests for legal information to be ready for ALL outcomes, especially regarding our right to protest. This event will give up-to-date reports and practical suggestions on what is happening and/or planned on the pipeline route.
There are many questions to be answered regarding what can be done to resist the proposed start and on-going construction. According to media reports, the work is expected to begin September 7th starting work on the tunnel through Burnaby Mountain.
An example of some of the questions to be considered: (please bring your own!) 🙂
What are our individual rights to protest?
What is ‘peaceful protest’?
How do we follow indigenous leadership?
How do we respect indigenous land soveignty and protocols?
How do we communicate?
How do we interface with others?
You will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer ideas and suggestions. You will also hear from experienced Front Line Land Defenders. We will discuss specific things that were successful and others that did not have the best outcomes.
We will have Information/work stations including different groups leading the way in resisting.
Ready to let KM know we say NO to pipelines and YES to clean water! #RESIST
We work and live with gratitude on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the Coast Sallish peoples: the mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
We will have snacks and drinks, if you would like to contribute, please feel free to bring something along! Thank you! 🙂
Here are brief descriptions of groups that will be involved in sharing information:
“Introduction to the Peace Bearer initiative with Bob Ages.
In the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) language “those who bear the burden of peace” refers to the people who have accepted responsibility to uphold natural law and maintain harmony and balance within and between communities.. This is a concept common to all indigenous societies and an example Settlers should and can learn from.
Whether social and climate justice activists are coming together to march or rally for a few hours, or setting up a permanent camp in the path of a pipeline, these gatherings should be “safe spaces” – free from harassment or other types of oppressive behaviour. Where women, children, elders – in fact everyone – feels welcome and free to participate.
The Peace Bearers has been created to work with, and under the direction of, First Nations land defenders to help make this a reality. Learn more about what Peace Bearers do, the principles that guide our work and how you can get involved.”
DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT OF MAJOR CANADIAN BANKS
Presentation by Cedar Parker-George and Kia Parker-George, Tsleil-Waututh
We need to exert pressure on all fronts possible. ALL tactics and all tools in our collewctive tool box must be used to stop KM. We believe the divestment movement that has been successful in the U.S. will be as effective here as well. We are pleased to have Cedar and Kia Parker-George to present stategies and how to implement those plans.