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Visiting the Unist'ot'en Spring Camp on the Building Resistance Tour

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The bridge before Unist'ot'en territory where pithouses and permaculture gardens

Partway through the Building Resistance tour, we visited the Spring Work camp on Unist'ot'en territory located just outside of Houston, B.C.

At the camp, supporters have come to help build pit houses and permaculture areas. The pit houses are located along the new route of the Pacific Trails fracking pipeline. The company has changed the route of the original proposal since members of the Wet'suwet'en built a log cabin along the original route. The fact that the company has changed the route of their pipeline is clearly a sign of success.

To check out some of our photos and videos, click here and here.

We were also lucky to connect with someone at the camp who had been organizing with the Tar Sands Blockade. Tar Sands blockaders have been disrupting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas and to learn more about what they are up to, visit their website at www.tarsandsblockade.org and follow them on Twitter (@KXLBlockade). Tar Sands blockaders, landowners, and even celebrity allies like Darryl Hannah have taken part in tree sits, disrupted industry events, and chained themselves to machinery. The Tar Sands Blockade is one of the other signs that people are willing to do what it takes to protect land and water from corporate interests.

Helping out at the permaculture gardens.

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