Unis’tot’en Camp. Save the Wild Coast

Save the Wild Coast

 

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.

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Spring training to stop the pipelines

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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
Warrior societies
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.

RSVP on Facebook and follow the No Pipelines page. Email wildcoast@riseup.net or phone Zoe for info: 250-813-3569.

Sponsored by Wild Coast and VIPIRG.

Permaculture Not Pipelines Camp May 12-30

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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.
Now recruiting:
Carpenters
Electricians
People with perrmaculture knowledge
Gardeners
General labourers

Apply to join the camp

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.

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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.

Volunteers should:

  • 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

Sign up to volunteer

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.

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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.

Click here to help Unis’tot’en Camp and defend the land defenders.

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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

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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.

Sign the petition. Pledge to join the Klabona Keepers. Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
Photo: Rally in Victoria, August 31, 2013 by Ann Jacobs

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Unis’tot’en Camp

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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.

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Core Exit. Coming Soon to a Coast Near You.

monique hardenWHEN the first tanker spills off the BC coast.

IF the Canadian Coast Guard has some working ships.

Then the clean-up begins.We are told.

How do you clean up millions of litres of dilbit? Nobody really knows.

But certainly the Clark Cabinet will not be out on those boats working the waters. And why not?

Because they will have been warned in advance that the materials used to clean up oil–and they will have nothing to use against a dilbit spill except what has been used against oil–are at least as toxic as oil if not more so.

If you want to know what happens to people who work in these clean-ups, then you need to start following the work of groups, such as the lawyers who formed AEHR:

Here is a sample of what they are finding as thousands of workers and shrimpers and fishermen come down with chronic illness from Corexit and the oil it disperses. Both cleanup and dispersal being toxic ambiguities.

Their site is: http://www.ehumanrights.org/index.html

Here’s a sample of what they are finding.

BP Oil Spill Disaster and Severe ailing Health Problems.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2013-06-18 02:10.

Thank you for your article. I never knew the oil spill could really be the cause of mine and my husbands severe and rapid decline in health. We have both been very ill since the oil spill and getting worse by the day. There are good doctors here on the coast that do their best with what they have to work with or should I say a handful do, the others, well I won’t even comment. To put it plainly the medical care was already sub par here on the gulf coast. Compound that with the additional mysterious ailments and no insurance and most including me and my husband are left to fend for ourselves to find answers or treatment and the doctors are even more baffled at the mysteries presented to them each visit but don’t exactly make the effort to connect the dots. Unless its something a doctor can read test or obtain a report on, they’re not likely to look any further.

I’ll never forget when I became sick nor will I ever forget how quickly it took over my life. I can barely walk most days, my hands are crippled and my fingers stay stuck in a curled position into the palm of my right hand and it is spreading to my other fingers and my other hand, my left knee, my legs and both feet. I wheeze like I’ve never done before and even have a constant nagging cough. The reaction we have to the slightest chemical smell is like our lungs are on fire. I have mysterious blisters that pop up in various places, lumps and bumps under the skin on my elbow, inside of leg, my back etc. in addition to having several bouts of “gastritis and colitis attacks, I won’t even go into the severe abdominal pain. I even spent two days in the hospital as a mystery all to be sent home with no answers. My hands and feet without warning will swell and turn fire hot red. I suffer horrific indescribable constant pain in which I am now on pain management for that is hardly ever under control. My doctors are baffled by the slew of unexplainable mystery symptoms. I’ve been tested and retested for the various diseases that typically present similar symptoms for other various diseases all to no avail.

My husband was in the water building a pier when the oil came in and continued working for the next three weeks in the water, all while they “cleaned up the oil” with Corexit. We live in Biloxi, MS. and at the time were directly across the street from the beach, we didn’t move far and currently live under a mile from the water. When I leave the area I do get some relief. We were trained for the oil spill clean-up so we could voluntarily help clean our beaches. Boy do we ever regret touching the tar balls. Tar balls came in with the tide and for the longest time we were told the beaches and our sea food were just fine, I suppose they still are because they say so huh? Each day for what seemed an eternity we breathed in the sweet smell of crud oil and Corexit and God knows what else was blowing our way. My husband has a severe cough now to the point that he cannot speak two words without an attack that will last for what seems like an eternity and he nearly chokes to death because he cannot breathe. He coughs up blood, has various gastrointestinal problems, he is going blind in both eyes, he cannot sleep without stopping breathing several times per night, he swells, has trouble walking too and blood pressure is through the roof. Oh I forgot his psoriasis that was nearly all but gone but prior to the oil spill immediately flared up within 4-5 days of oil spill and has now completely taken over his body in places he never had before. Neither one of us can work anymore because we’re so sick. My brother lived with us during that time until a few months ago and is also now sick with weird ailments. His feet and the painful blisters in between his toes are the worst for him. He also had to have surgery to remove a very large lipoma that mysteriously grew the size of an orange in only a short time after the spill.

Every day I research online our strange chronic symptoms and this time happened across information about Corexit. It’s all starting to make sense now and as close as I am to giving up, maybe there is hope after all, we’ll to at least find answers. I’m not confident we’ll find a doctor to help us get well again. I thought at least it would be worth posting a comment just in case there is another person like me out there trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with them and there family. Thanks again for the info.

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Maybe this might help
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013-06-27 16:23.

There is a website called Curezone that has many, many forums on it, for people like yourself who can’t find the answers to their health problems. If you post there and ask for help, there a many kind souls, some of whom have had to become experts because their doctors wouldn’t have anything to do with them, or simply admitted they couldn’t help them.

They helped me years ago, when as a volunteer emt-i / firefighter I became really ill with what was then diagnosed as incurable fibromyalgia…If it hadn’t been for Curezone and some wonderful people, I don’t know what I would have done.

I hope this helps,

Elizabeth

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