Yinka Dene protesters open at largest climate change march in history

Quebec City— Jasmine Thomas of Sai’kuz First Nation opened speeches this weekend

Jasmine Thomas

Quebec City— Jasmine Thomas of Sai’kuz First Nation opened speeches this weekend at what’s being called the largest climate change march in Canadian history.

At the Act On Climate march Saturday, April 11 in Quebec City, Thomas, Tantoo Cardinal, actress and activitist, and Serge Otsi Simon, grand chief of Kanesatake Mohawk Council, shared opening remarks about the Save the Fraser declaration –  a document signed by more than 130 indigenous nations from the arctic to the Unite States banning tar sands pipelines from crossing their territories. The three major proposed tar sands pipelines are Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan and Transcanada Energy East and Indigenous laws have declared these pipelines illegal, Thomas  said.

“During the Joint review panel recommendation last year there were over 4000 speakers that addressed the national energy board and only two people in over 4000 supported it, majority were in opposition. Canada is trying to move forward with the pipeline regardless of majority opposition, it’s not right,” she said.

Police estimate more than 25,000 people came out to the Act On Climate protest against the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipelines. The focus being to put pressure on the premiers of Canada who met in Quebec Monday to discuss climate change – talks leading up to United Nations climate negotiations in Paris scheduled for December 2015.

In December 2010 First Nations from across BC and Alberta came together to show their solidarity in the fight against Enbridge. Right now there are seven First Nations in BC (Gitxaala, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nak’azdli, Nadleh Whut’en, Haida, Heiltsuk and Gitga’at) that are taking the issue to court. The Pull Together Campaign was created to raise funds for the legal challenges and has since raised $350,760 to support First Nations but more is needed, Thomas said.

“Canada has to reduce their emissions by 2020 but we won’t be able to do that if we keep approving pipelines,” she said.

For more information visit www.holdthewall.ca, www.pull-together.ca and www.act-on-climate.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

Coastal GasLink prepares sites of construction work camps

Unist’ot’en condemn 14 ‘man camps’ housing 500-800 workers as threatening safety of women and children

TSKLH Nation sues Province over Brucejack mine revenue sharing

The Tsetsaut/Skii km Lax Ha seeks to assert rights and title in the area around Pretivm gold mine.

Unist’ot’en not joining hereditary chiefs’ provincial reconciliation

A potlatch feast will be held in March by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to discuss with clans.

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read