December 1 is an important day because it's the one year anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration. This powerful statement has already been signed by 61 First Nations chiefs, declaring that they will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, or similar tar sands projects, to cross their lands, territories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon.
With the recent victory against the Keystone XL pipeline, there is now even more pressure to build and expand tar sands projects here in BC.
On November 6, over 10,000 people surrounded the White House in Washington DC to say "no to pipelines" and "no to the tar sands. "Just four days later, President Obama announced he will not approve the Keystone XL pipeline as it is currently proposed, effectively sending the proponents back to the drawing board.
This is a big win and it shows that people power can turn back these kinds of projects. But it also puts more attention on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline that brings tar sands oil tankers to Burrard Inlet, and the proposed Enbridge pipeline that threatens the Great Bear Rainforest and our coast.
The tar sands are one of the biggest sources of dirty oil left on earth and a major contributor to the climate crisis. With the route south to the Gulf of Mexico cut off by the president's decision, the focus of big oil corporations has now shifted to our Pacific shores. We are hosting this public forum to discuss the implications of the president's decision and where we go from here.
The evening will begin with a welcoming from Ruben George, Sundance Chief from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the indigenous people of Burrard Inlet. The Tsleil-Waututh have recently spoken out about their opposition to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and associated oil tanker traffic.
We will be honoured to have representatives of Yinka Dene Alliance in attendance to talk about the declaration and the campaign to stop the Enbridge pipeline. Tanker Free BC founder Rex Weyler will be with us to talk about the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers in the Burrard inlet. Melina Laboucon-Massimo from Greenpeace will share her perspective on the other end of the pipes, the tar sands in Alberta. Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein will discuss how the Keystone XL pipeline victory impacts BC and the climate justice movement.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about these fundamentally important issues and the role we can and must play here in BC to stop the tar sands. Please join us in supporting the indigneous people of this land in this fight with global implications.
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