“I welcome people to come to visit the Kwekwecnewtxw - the Watch House, and offer their prayers for clean water and healthy environment for future generations,”
~ Will George, Coast Salish
PROTESTORS DIG IN THEIR HEELS
Thousands gather in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, for Indigenous-led "Protect the Inlet" mass mobilization against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline March 10
new wave of protests starts Saturday and is expected to continue all week, as Kinder Morgan rushes to log trees on its Burnaby property by the March 26 arrival of nesting migratory birds that close the company’s construction window. If they miss that deadline, the company must wait until August to finish logging, setting their construction schedule back another four months.
This new wave of protests comes after ten thousand people gathered on Burnaby Mountain last week in support of Indigenous Elders and spiritual leaders who vow the $8.9 billion pipeline expansion project will never be built.
"This Saturday, I’m coming to Vancouver to stand, arm in arm, with my Coast Salish relatives and take action to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline," said Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of the Pukatawagan Nation and ‘Stop It At The Source’ Campaigner with 350.org. "I'm standing up for Indigenous rights, for clean water and for a safe, liveable climate and look forward to doing so alongside the ever growing movement against this dangerous pipeline.”
“I welcome people to come to visit the Kwekwecnewtxw - the Watch House, and offer their prayers for clean water and healthy environment for future generations,” said Will George, Coast Salish occupant of the Watch House. “I invite all my Indigenous brothers and sisters to bring your drums and join in celebration of this growing movement.”
“Peaceful resistance has been a cornerstone of change across the world for decades, and it will continue to be so. Greenpeace will be on hand standing with Coast Salish leaders and hundreds of others during the coming days to help train people who want to take bold action to protect the water, protect the land and exercise their right to peaceful protest,” said Mike Hudema, Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Canada.