In January 2016, as the National Energy Board restarted its hearings into Kinder Morgan’s controversial TransMountain Pipeline project in B.C., demonstrations and protests took place across the land, including protest theatre in Winnipeg, equipment blockades in Vancouver, and several public demos like the one held in uptown Waterloo. The demands were consistent: new rules for the NEB which respect Indigenous rights and treaty agreements, and which take climate change considerations into account in the decision making process.
The Waterloo event on January 24 was organised by Divest Waterloo and the newly formed Chippewas Solidarity.
The Waterloo demo opened with a local Indigenous women’s drum group sharing songs including the Water song.
The MC for the event was Stephen Svenson, a professor at WLU who has been working with the Chippewas of the Thames as the battle against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline heads to the supreme court of Canada.
The speakers we will hear from in this podcast are:
1. Richard Walsh, the Green Party candidate for Waterloo.
2. Louisette Lanteigne, a Waterloo resident, NEB hearing participant, and independent researcher
3. Dan Kellar, representing The Waterloo Region Against Line 9
4. Amy Smoke, the president of the Aboriginal Students Associations at the University of Waterloo
The day wrapped up with a viewing of “One River, Many Relations” at WLU and a discussion on resisting fossil fuel developments while creating and supporting health communities.