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[Forwarded by June Ross, Nanaimo]
From Zoe Blunt, Victoria BC Coast Salish territory
Monday, June 23, 2014; Tel. 250-813-3569
We've been preparing for this struggle for years. We know this is just the beginning of the fight to stop tarsands pipelines to the BC coast. This week: Join the land defenders and hear their stories from the frontlines against pipelines.
June 25-27th, Freda Huson and
Chief Toghestiy of Unis'tot'en Camp are visiting Galiano Island, Victoria, and
Vancouver BC to meet old and new friends and build support for indigenous
resistance to pipelines. [Details below]
Hear about their troubles and triumphs and find out how to get involved in our local crew to help defeat the damn pipelines. The tar sands and fracked gas industries are pushing proposals to build numerous pipelines across BC and elsewhere. If they are built, Canada will be locked into a fossil fuel based economy for generations to come. But opposition to this nightmare scenario is growing. People are mobilizing, not just to stop the pipelines, but to promote environmentally sound alternatives. Come and hear Freda Huson and Dini Ze Toghestly describe both the struggle to stop all pipeline construction on Unist’ot’en land as well as a vision of a different future.
EVENTS: JUNE 25 - 27
Wed, June 25, South Hall
Standing Together Stopping Pipelines
7 pm Movie screening & speakers
Galiano Clean Energy Network.
More info at Active Islands
Friday June 27, Astorino's, 1739 Venables
Fundraiser for Unist’ot’en Camp
Doors 6 pm Music and speakers 6:30 pm
Hosted by the Alliance for People’s Health
RSVP on Facebook Solidarity! Be there!
BACKGROUND ABOUT THE UNIST'OT'EN CAMP
Unist'ot’en Camp is an indigenous re-occupation of Wet'suwet'en land in northern BC, Canada. The camp's log cabin, traditional pit house, and forest permaculture garden stand squarely in the path of the pipeline route to the North Coast port of Kitimat. The campers are blocking the way for two proposed gas pipelines and the Enbridge Northern Gateway tarsands pipeline.
For the third year in a row, Forest Action Network is sending a busload of food, supplies, and volunteers with the Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp, leaving from Victoria and Vancouver for the camp on July 13. There are still seats available and sponsors are needed. Find out more here.
Thank you for being a defender of land and water. WildCoast and Forest Action Network are 100% home-grown and volunteer-led. We don't have fancy offices, high-paid staff, or corporate funders. Every dime we raise goes directly to our projects: the Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp and the Eco Warriors Legal Defence Fund.
Donate via Paypal/ Send mail to:
Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network (VIC FAN)
c/o Robin Gage, UBP Law
816-1175 Douglas St, Victoria BC V8W 3E1
Keep the spirit!
The Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp is seeking donations of good sleeping bags, tarps, tents, 5-gallon water bottles, and hand tools. Contact email@example.com for info. JULY 13-22 Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp. Leaving from Victoria & Vancouver with stops in Williams Lake, Prince George, Burns Lake, & Houston. Join the camp. Sign up today: http://forestaction.wikidot.com/caravan Answering the call to action
Is a pipeline company about to evict BC's pipeline blockade?
A Pacific Trail Pipeline representative says they are coming to evict the Unist'ot'en Camp pipeline blockade. Forest Action Network is moving to block them in court. Brush clearing work may already be happening to the east and west of the camp near Smithers, BC. But the company admits it still doesn't have enough investment and "certainty" to proceed.
Background: Pacific Trail is the gas pipeline from the fracking fields in NE BC to Kitimat. It was approved in 2012. Pacific Trail shares a right-of-way with the Enbridge Northern Gateway tarsands pipeline to Kitimat, (recently approved) by the Harper Government.
We know this game is
rigged. It's time to play a new game.
The camp has built a big log cabin, a permaculture garden, a traditional pithouse, and a new bunkhouse in the path of the pipelines. The summer camp is about preparing visitors to work in solidarity with the camp in their home communities. We will be learning about decolonization, allyship, and grassroots action.
* be willing to travel to the camp
* have some understanding of indigenous claims to the land
* be prepared for tent camping outdoors (we have spare tents and ground pads - let us know if you need one)
* respect that this movement is led by grassroots indigenous people
The Summer Caravan to Unis'tot'en Camp leaves July 13 from the South Coast and returns July 22.
Four years ago, grassroots members of the Wet'suwet'en people of northern BC (western Canada) learned about the oil and gas pipeline projects being planned to cross their territory without permission.They set up a "soft blockade" to keep out the corporations and started building a camp and permanent homes in the pipeline route.
The camp is 1000 km north of Vancouver, BC. A large log cabin and a wall tent house the defenders and volunteers. More homes are under construction. The oil and gas representatives and police have made several forays into the territory, but so far they have avoided starting a confrontation.
For more information, please visit the Unist’ot’en Camp homepage - http://unistotencamp.com/ - and join the Caravan to Unis'tot'en page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nopipelines . Or call Zoe at 250-813-3569. Thank you!
Become a sponsor! Help supply the camp volunteers with tools, building materials, food, and camping gear. All donations go directly to the camp and the caravan.
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