NEWS RELEASE · 16th March 2011
Ending Violence BC - SWCC-NWCC
Storytelling from the heart - A presentation of the struggle & triumphs of the women leading this unifying battle.
Admission is free
Thu, March 17, 2011 - 7pm-9pm
Waap Galts'ap (Community House) Northwest Community College,
5331 McConnell Way
For the first time, aboriginal women involved in the battle to protect the Sacred Headwaters (Klabbona) and traditional lands are coming together to publicly share their stories of triumph and struggle. With the influx of mining and energy projects in northwest BC, communities are forced to reconsider the pace and scale of current development.
This event will take an intimate look into how this has translated into the social fabric and culture of communities through the eyes of the Aboriginal women immersed in the controversy.
Speakers for the event include Iskut First Nation Chief – Marie Quock, Gitxsan Hereditary Chief – Yvonne Lattie, Klabbona Keepers spokesperson – Rhoda Quock and 3 of the women arrested for blockading development, Lilian Moyer, Erma Bourquin & Mary Dennis.
“This has been a really hard thing for the people in our community,” says Rhoda Quock, mother of 4 recalling the arrests of 2005, “my son was found behind the tent frame crying because he had seen his Grandpa who is a stroke victim and in a wheelchair get arrested. He didn’t understand what his Grandpa had done wrong and why he got handcuffed, wheeled off the road and carried away in a paddy-wagon.” Quock’s husband worked for one of the companies that would have developed the Sacred Headwaters and he quit his job on principal leaving the family in a bad economic situation.
“We have never given up, not now, not then, not ever. We can be strong in the face of adversity.” says Iskut Chief, Marie Quock, “Klabbona is a very important place to our people, not only because it is the head of three major rivers but also because of it’s cultural and spiritual value to our people. Klabbona is very sacred to our people.”
Morgen Baldwin of the Ending Violence Association of BC’s Aboriginal Liaison Initiative is one of the event organizers, “This evening will be a very powerful event; don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be inspired by strong and courageous Aboriginal women.”
The event is part of the Northwest Regional Gathering, a 2-day conference in Terrace focused on ending violence against aboriginal women. The goal of this initiative with the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety Program is to increase safety for Aboriginal women by improving connections and collaboration. In particular between Aboriginal communities, on and off reserve Aboriginal services, mainstream services and coordination committees on domestic violence and sexual assault.
Contact: Morgen Baldwin 250.631.7897