<<This event is taking place on Lkwungen Territory. We would like to gratefully thank local carver and artist Clarence Dick for being the key note at this event.>>
UPDATE: Tentative Timing and Order for the Expanding Event!
Part One: Talking (6:30PM-9:00PM)
Wild Salmon, Moose Meat Chili, and Vegan Dinner
Key note by Clarence “Butch” Dick
Stand-Up by Jeff Corntassel
Panel with Billie Pierre, Kachina Bige and Brandon Gabriel
INTERMISSION from 9:00-9:30PM
Part Two: Music (9:30PM-12:00AM)
Questions about Part One to Seb Bonet (firstname.lastname@example.org; 250-477-9071)
Questions about Part Two to Chris Fretwell (email@example.com; 250-884-5573)
Kinder Morgan wants to start construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in September. For Kwantlen and Nlaka’Pamux Nations, Kinder Morgan’s plans represent the continuation of 150 years of colonial encroachment, which they continue to resist and resurge against.
We invite you to come and hear from keynote speaker Clarence Dick from the Lkwungen Nation, as well as Kachina Bige (Cree and Dene from Lutsel K’e) and Brandon Gabriel from Kwantlen Nation about the history of their territory (which stretches from New Westminster, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, Glen Valley, and Fort Langley ), and their plans to begin construction of a Healing Lodge in the path of the expansion, among other elements of their planned and ongoing resistance.
We will also hear from Billie Pierre from Nlaka’Pamux. Billie lives in Merritt, and has been actively involved in the grass roots Indigenous movement since 1995, and will also speak to her people’s long struggle against colonialism, which she has been directly involved in since the mid-90’s, and share her wisdom from the grassroots about impacts the Trans Mountain expansion project has already had, and the ways her people are resisting it.
There will also be a stand-up performance from Jeff Corntassel, who is Tsalagi (Cherokee), and hip-hop by Savage Fam, from Klallam.
This event is a fundraiser for grassroots resistance to Kinder Morgan; its details are still being finalized. We will be requesting donations on a sliding scale from $0-$15 at the door to support our panelists.
If you can’t make this event, but would like to hear video recordings from these speakers, try these links:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.ca/2017/03/vancouver-stoking-sacred-fire-live.html (the whole panel is amazing; Brandon and Kachina begin at one hour and 2 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubj6CF7vFvM (billie begins at 2 minutes, 30 seconds)
To keep up with Kwantlen resistance and donate directly to them: http://standwithkwantlen.org/
Please see pinned post for accessibility information.
WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS EVENT:
Details for this event are still being finalized. It is being coordinated by some of the people who participate in an informal, relationship-based network called OUST Victoria. Please contact Seb Bonet (firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-853-3926) if you have questions or concerns about who is organizing this event, or how it has been put together. We would also like to thank Social Justice Studies at UVic for donating to make this event happen.
Protesters from Six Nations and other parts of southwestern Ontario stopped work at a dig on a portion of the Line 9 pipeline in North Dumfries Thursday morning.
According to a statement from protesters, a group marched onto a work site east of Highway 24 near the Grand River between Cambridge and Brantford around 10 a.m. Thursday. They say Enbridge’s employees are working without consent or consultation on land that is on Haudenosaunee territory.
“We’re against the pipeline, the construction, the bitumen tarsands oil running through this pipeline running across the Grand River territory… without proper consultation [with] our people,” said Missy Elliot, a Six Nations spokesperson.
Elliot said Six Nations was not consulted in advance of the construction and they only became aware of the dig when information pamphlets were delivered to area residents.
“They are supposed to consult and accommodate indigenous people,” said Elliot.
“Pamphlets in the mail are not proper consultation. Not sitting with us at the table… is not proper consultation.”
Protesters at the site said Enbridge staff left the area peacefully with their heavy equipment after speaking with protest members and local police.
Janice Lee, who came from Kitchener to show support for the protest group, said members of Six Nations initially approached Enbridge staff and told them they were on treaty territory without consultation and asked them to leave.
“They’ve left but it seems like they keep sending people back and forth to check on us,” added Lee.
Despite the claim by Six Nations that they were not properly consulted, Enbridge spokesperson Graham White told CBC that the company had met with representatives of Six Nations and that Thursday’s work was part of a routine inspection of the pipeline.
“When we talk about integrity digs this is one of the many things we are doing to ensure the safety of this line,” said White.
“We go down and at minimum remove the coating and do a visual inspection and other in field inspections of the pipe and take any measures necessary to repair that or maintain that pipe to a level of very good integrity.”
White added hundreds of similar digs have been completed along the pipeline between Sarnia and Montreal.
This is the latest in a host of protests staged in southwestern Ontario in recent months over the Line 9 pipeline reversal. In May, a group of protesters blockaded the road to an exposed section of the pipeline in Burlington. Last June, a group of protesters shut down construction at an Enbridge pump station in rural Hamilton for days.
Though some protesters have faced arrests and legal challenges, they are still continuing to protest Enbridge integrity digs.
In March, the NEB approved a request from Enbridge to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of the controversial Line 9 pipeline that has been running between southern Ontario and Montreal for years.
Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal, but was reversed in the late 1990s in response to market conditions to pump imported crude westward. Enbridge now wants to flow oil back eastwards to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec.
It plans to move 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the line, a rise from the current 240,000 barrels, with no increase in pressure.
Opponents argue the Line 9 plan puts communities at risk, threatens water supplies and could endanger vulnerable species in ecologically sensitive areas.
by John Upton / Grist
One oil spill in his community was more than enough for Kalamazoo resident Christopher Wahmhoff.
To protest Enbridge’s replacement of the pipeline that burst along a Michigan riverbank in 2010, Wahmhoff spent 10 hours of his 35th birthday inside the new pipe, slowing construction for a single day in June. [See “Activist Has Climbed in Enbridge Tar Sands Pipe in Michigan” for the story.] Continue reading