Gitxsan, Tahltan, Nisga'a, Haisla and Tsimshian ( Sacred Circle Nations); contingent of Hereditary Chiefs and Elders will be joining the Yinka Dene Alliance at the Defend Our Coast Rally in Victoria on October 22, 2012.
People are coming together like never before to tell our provincial and federal governments that BC’s coast must be protected from tar sands pipelines and tankers.
First Nations leaders have formed an “unbroken wall of opposition”* to the Enbridge pipeline and tanker plan. Over 100 First Nations have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration to ban tar sands pipelines from their land, and First Nations of the North and Central Pacific Coasts and Haida Gwaii have signed the Coastal First Nations Declaration to ban tankers carrying crude from transiting their lands and waters.
A majority of British Columbians are opposed to the expansion of tanker traffic on BC’s coast, and the BC Union of Municipalities, along with over 20 individual local governments, have called for a tanker expansion ban that would stop Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines.
Still, in the face of this growing BC-wide consensus, our federal government is trying to ram the tar sands pipelines through local opposition, and our provincial government is sitting on the fence and suggesting that BC’s coast can be bought.
We need to send a powerful message now to make sure that BC’s coast is protected.
On Monday, October 22nd hundreds will join together at the B.C. legislature in Victoria to participate in potentially the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience ever to protest tar sands pipelines and tankers.
Then, on Wednesday, October 24th, we’ll link arms in front of MLA (provincial representative) offices across BC to symbolize the unbroken wall of opposition across the province, and say “Defend our Coast” with banners.
Together, we’ll make a powerful visual statement to show the unprecedented depth and breadth of this movement, and make sure our politicians know that we are organizing in the communities they represent.
Let’s shut the door on tar sands pipelines and tankers with a clear message to our provincial and federal representatives. Let’s support the First Nations who have lead the resistance against, tar sands pipelines and tankers. Join us in your community on October 24th to show our governments that BC’s coast must be protected.
On October 24th,2012 at 12:00pm
Province Wide Day of Action!http://defendourcoast.ca/actions/