This is the most activist of the many groups working to follow the laws of the BC Aboriginal Nations and ban tankers from the coast and legally disrupt the construction of the Northern Gateway that would feed those tankers.
Spring training to stop the pipelines
March 29-31 in Victoria, BC, Coast Salish Territory
Full schedule here
Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30: University of Victoria, Bob Wright Building, Room A104
Monday March 31: Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave,
Victoria workshops and discussions on:
Non-violent civil disobedience
Shaping conditions for grassroots revolt
Planning and preparation for action
Security culture & counter-surveillance
How to stop a goddamn pipeline
Fundraising for radicals
Legal rights and solidarity
Families in the resistance
Indigenous women in resistance
Full schedule here. Admission by donation. Coffee, tea, meals, snacks, and child-minding provided.
Sponsored by Wild Coast and VIPIRG.
Permaculture Not Pipelines Camp May 12-30
Volunteers are needed now and all year round
Help defend the land and water
Support indigenous resistance
Stop the pipelines!
Spring Work Camp May 12-30
The camp is building permaculture gardens, a traditional pithouse, and a new bunkhouse in the path of the pipelines.
People with perrmaculture knowledge
Winter in the North
Four years ago, grassroots members of the Wet’suwet’en people of northern BC (western Canada) learned that oil and gas pipeline projects are planned to cross their territory without their permission.
The indigenous leaders of Unis’tot’en Camp began turning away oil and gas company workers over a year ago. The land defenders set up a “soft blockade” to keep out the corporations, and started building a camp and permanent homes in the pipeline route. A large log cabin now houses the defenders and volunteers, while several pithouses are still under construction.
The camp hosts are scrambling to prepare for the coming storms. The camp was on high alert in November after two incidents of attempted arson on bridges near the camp at the end of October.
People all over Turtle Island are responding to the call for support and funds for security equipment. The camp is also calling for strong-hearted volunteers to watch over the camp and patrol the area this winter.
- be willing to to travel to the camp and stay for two weeks or more
- have experience and gear for winter hiking
- be able to chop wood, carry water, and watch for intruders
The oil and gas representatives and police have made a couple forays into the territory, but so far they have avoided starting a full-scale confrontation.
Donations will supply the camp with security cameras, motion sensors, night-vision equipment, and an all-terrain snowmobile to patrol the territory and watch for invaders.
The success of the camp jeopardizes oil and gas deals supposedly worth billions of dollars (plus the untold costs of spills and leaks, poisoned water, lost habitat, and human suffering). We know there is a risk of dirty tricks and intimidation tactics to try and scare the campers away. The more support we give, the less likely those tactics will work.
Winter camp in the path of the pipelines
Winter is coming to Unis’tot’en Camp, and a crew is working to finish the roofs and walls on two traditional-style pithouses so visitors stay snug and warm when the snow comes.
The blockade camp is on guard every day. Hundreds of good-hearted people are contributing their time, labour, and funds to make this community what it is today – a force to be reckoned with. Please support the winter camp!
At this point, it looks like one of the pipeline projects that was “approved” to go through Wet’suwet’en territory has fallen drastically behind schedule. There’s no official announcement yet, but work was supposed to start in earnest a year ago. Could it be all the publicity and support for the Unis’tot’en blockade in the pipelines right-of-way scared the investors away? Or did we slow them down enough that a competitor beat them to the finish line? Stay tuned!
Protect the Sacred Headwaters from coal mining
The Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of Stikine, Nass, and Skeena, three of Northern BC’s major salmon-bearing rivers. Thousands of people from the northern interior to the coast depend on these watersheds for their livelihood and for the well-being of their families and communities. Now Fortune Minerals is actively test-drilling Klappan Mountain for an environmental assessment for a coal mine in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters.
Unis’tot’en defenders evict pipeline crews from their territory
Great news: The caravan is back from the no-pipelines blockade at Unis’tot’en Camp and it was amazing. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen! It’s great to see our circle expanding. The caravan was only the beginning – the real solidarity work is still ahead of us.
A few days after the caravan left, the camp came under more pressure from pipeline companies trying to push into unceded indigenous territory. On July 19, the Unis’tot’en defenders evicted yet another pipeline crew from the territory. This time it was a two-person team that came in by helicopter.
This is the third time the defenders have sent surveyors packing and warned them not to come back. It seems the higher-ups have decided to ignore the warnings.
We’re ramping up to support the defenders. It looks like they are going to need all the help they can get. Here’s what we’re planning this summer and fall:
– Backcountry hiking and mapping
– Renewing the legal defense fund
– Benefit events for the camp
Join us! We’re getting ready to respond when there’s a call for a day of action. It’s a great opportunity to get with friends and build the resistance to pipelines and oil tankers.
Make a pledge to stop the pipelines.
Big cheers to everyone who contributed to support the caravan. Thank you for being part of this growing movement.
Grassroots Wet’suwet’en people vs. the pipelines
The latest pipeline proposal for the “Energy Corridor” between Prince George and Kitimat has shifted the route to pass south of Unis’tot’en Camp.Center: Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), the point where grassroots Wet’suwet’en people are making a stand to stop pipeline companies from entering their unceded territory.
Top to bottom: Unis’tot’en Camp (star), Morice River West Forest Service Road (white line), fracking pipelines Pacific Trail (red) and Coastal Gas (blue); Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline (black).
Last year, indigenous activists built two homes on the pipeline route on the bank of Wedzin Kwah. This year, the activists are expanding the defense of their land.
The last time a pipeline surveying crew tried to come in was November 2012. The crews were given trespass notices and escorted back across the bridge, off Unis’tot’en Clan land.
Join the summer action team. Donate to the caravan.
More about Unis’tot’en Camp.
Harper’s wrecking crew
Last year, 2.5 million lakes and waterways were protected in Canada.
Today that total is 62 rivers and 93 lakes.
The San Juan River is not one of them.
The San Juan River is home to four salmon runs, ducks, geese, swans, otters, seals, and eagles.
Goldstream River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.
Cowichan River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.
Cowichan Lake and its fish habitat are no longer protected.
Chemainus River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.
Sooke River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.
In 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Omnibus Budget stripped away the rules that protected our rivers, lakes, and habitat for decades.
Now, entire ecosystems can be bulldozed, blasted, and paved over without consultation.
That’s just one reason why indigenous people are rising up across the country.
Now is the time for all of us to defend the land, the water, the animals, and all living things.
Stand with the defenders of the Wild Coast.
Photos: San Juan River by Zoe Blunt
Indigenous people in the path of the pipelines are evicting oil and gas crews from their land. Last summer, the Lhe Le Liyin defenders and the Unis’tot’en and Likhts’amisyu clans of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation put out a call for solidarity to stop the clearing and bulldozing of the pipeline route. We responded with a busload of volunteers and a convoy from BC, Ontario, Alberta, Colorado and the NW US, and we helped build the no-pipelines camp.
Support the action camp to stop the pipelines
Tar sands oil threatens land, water, human rights, wild salmon, migratory birds, shellfish beds, and all interior, marine and coastal species.
A more immediate threat than tarsands pipelines, the Pacific Trail pipeline would carry liquefied natural gas from the fracking fields of eastern BC to Kitimat for export. Pacific Trail would pump flammable LNG along much of the same route as the Enbridge line, through wetlands, forests, streams and wildlife habitat. The fracking pipeline was approved in spring 2012, and Pacific Trail announced work would start this fall. Crews started surveying along the Morice River earlier this year.