Filed under: Action, Announcement, British Columbia, Development, Environment, Indigenous
Secwepemc peoples are calling on all to come and stand with us in resistance against mining and the provincial government’s decision to re-issue a full permit for Mount Polley. Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of the impacts and consequences of climate change. The root of climate change in Canada is the continuing genocide of Indigenous Peoples, that is, the continuation of destructive and dangerous resource extractive projects approved by the Provincial and Federal governments that have no legal jurisdiction to do so. We find ourselves in a state of urgency and crisis. The continuing violations of the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples by industries not appropriately regulated, regularly causing environmental damage and destruction, and most importantly, that do not have consent by Indigenous Peoples will not be tolerated!
Public event in Vancouver
Monday August 1, 2016
Dinner at 5:30 pm, Event at 6 pm
1803 East 1st Ave (just east of Commercial Drive)
unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver
Come learn about resistance to Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine and broader mining justice struggles WITH Cecilia Point (Musqueam), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society), Sacheen and Crow (Ancestral Pride), Sam Nock (Cree-Metis poet), Ricardo Segovia (hydrogeologist), Harjap Grewal (Council of Canadians) and Rita Wong (updates on Site C and Unist’ot’en Camp).
Accessibility info: Free event. Childcare provided on-site. Dinner served. Kitchen’s entrance is wheelchair accessible at street level. One washroom has a stall that can accommodate a wheelchair.The washroom door opening is 86 cm, and the stall door is 61 cm.
If you can please bring non-perishable food items for the camp to the event: wild rice, potatoes, bread, corn, oatmeal etc.
Caravan to Camp
We are arranging a bus to Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp (near Likely, BC) for all day gathering and sacred fire on August 4.
Leaving Vancouver at 8am from the safeway parking lot at broadway and commercial on August 3 and returning Aug 5 early morning.
BOOK YOUR SPOT ON THE BUS:
* Bus is free for Indigenous and low income folks but registration is required for everyone to ensure seating. To register please email [email protected]
* Bring own camping gear, water and water container, personal bowl and utensils, hand drums, and own chair if you need.
* The bus will be staying overnight at the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp on Wednesday Aug 3rd. If you need of a bed for accessibility reasons and/
* While at camp, everyone is able is asked to cover one cooking or cleanup shift. This is a collective effort and we are all responsible for keeping the land clean.
About Mount Polley Disaster
Two years ago, on August 4th 2014, the largest environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history unfolded. The dam to Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley mine’s tailings pond broke and unleashed 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals laden silt into Hazeltine Creek, Polley Lake and Quesnel Lake on the way to the Fraser River Watershed.
The Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp was setup two years ago as a Secwepemc encampment at the entrance of the Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine. The anniversary will bring together Indigenous peoples and supporters to the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp to light a sacred fire and strengthen our resolve to stop destructive mining and other extractive projects taking place on Indigenous lands without free prior and informed consent.