By Roy L Hales
A dozen creative actions were held in British Columbia Saturday. Most were in Vancouver, where 70 volunteers helped organize events like a “Yoga-thon,” “Guerrilla” Chalk mural and “Drums for the Peace” ceremony. There also events in Victoria, Kelowna and Fort St John. Today, in time for the opening of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ court case, the solidarity protests against Site C reach Montreal.
Solidarity Protests Against Site C Reach Montreal
A peaceful solidarity rally was held in front of the Federal Court of Appeal, at 8 am. One of the organizers said this was, “to ensure that the Constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples cannot be ignored when governments make decisions about large-scale resource development projects.”
One of the Vancouver organizers added that these events are meant, “to engage the public about the environmental and economic impact of Site C.”
Tomorrow the protests move right under parliament’s nose in Ottawa, with the following events:
- “Parliament Hill Rally for the Peace River – Parliament Hill 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT Join the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan in urging Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promises to respect the treaties, rebuild trust in the environmental assessment system and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Live Webinar on the implications of the Site C legal struggle – University of Ottawa – 1 pm – 2:30 pm EDT. Keeping the promise: Treaty rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Site C dam. Warch online or attend in person, Lamoureux Hall, LMX 243, University of Ottawa
- Ottawa Community Potluck & Feast – St. Paul’s-Eastern United Church 5 pm – 7 pm EDT. TreatyCome show your support for the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan as they arrive in Ottawa at the conclusion of their historic cross-country journey to defend the Peace River Valley. Those who are able, please bring a side dish or desert to share.”