A small vial of water from Northwest BC watersheds made its way onto the floor of the House of Commons yesterday, a powerful symbol of what can happen when people stand together to defend what is important to them.
“There can be no progress without dialogue,” MP Nathan Cullen told fellow parliamentarians as he gestured to the vial on his desk. Cullen collect the water during a mixing ceremony at the Feb. 2 Sacred Headwaters celebration to mark the permanent ban on oil and gas development in a 400,000-hectare area of the Klappan.
“When you include people in conversation rather than shut them out, people will unite.
“There is no greater value than to stand shoulder to shoulder and defend what needs to be defended.
“First Nations and non-First Nations, hunters, fishermen, average ordinary people, environmental groups and others all stood together to say we will stop this very bad idea to drill and frack for gas at the headwaters.”
On Feb. 2, Cullen pledged to take a sample of mixed waters back to Ottawa and present it in Parliament as visual proof that, “There is a better way, Mr. Harper.”
Cullen will send the vial of water directly to the Prime Minister, who was not in the House when Cullen spoke yesterday. In an accompanying letter, Cullen will urge the Conservative government to work directly and inclusively with Canadians to begin solving the many problems that plague the country today.
“There is a better way, Canada,” as Cullen said two weeks ago at the Kitsumkalum gathering.
Watch Cullen’s remarks:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL54PEFYGMs&feature=youtu.be