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Stop the Pipelines: Start the Music – Kwantlen , Fort Langley

March 12, 2017- 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Land Defenders Dinner for invited Allies – 4:30 pm
Doors for Public event 7:00
Reports from the front lines – 7:15 pm
Silent auction featuring great art and other intriguing offerings.
Cash draws
Music and celebration 8:00 pm -featuring Holly Arntzen , Ostwelve, poetry by Justin Bige, Valeen Jules and Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance drummers and singers

Admission by donation. All ages event – children welcome.
Come on out and show your support for the front line work.

In March, 2017 the Chiefs and other representatives of the Unist’ot’en Clan will be on tour – bringing word of their ongoing stand in defence of their land and against the construction of fossil fuel pipelines.

Join us for a fundraiser for the Unist’ot’en Camp including paying for the completion of the Healing Lodge. The Camp stands directly in the way of numerous proposed fossil fuel pipelines – both tar sands oil and fracked gas.

For a list of other tour venues click here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/668408633341791/

The Unist’ot’en Territory is located about half way between Prince George and Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. Numerous bitumen and fracked gas pipelines are proposed to cross this land. The Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline has been stopped as was expected. But industry and government are currently pushing ahead with several fracked gas pipelines. With a Provincial election this May and pressure from the pipeline companies, the Unist’ot’en are preparing for stepped up incursions onto their land by these companies.

The life cycle carbon footprint of fracked gas is similar to that of tar sands bitumen. The process of extracting and liquefying natural gas is extremely destructive to the land and uses huge amounts of energy and water. And, the contracts being signed for these pipelines allow them to be converted to transport tar sands bitumen after only 5 years.

The Unist’ot’en stance is clear – there will be no fossil fuel pipelines built on their land. But the Camp is about much more than this. It is a place of learning, of healing, of connecting with nature, of breaking with the legacy of colonization. Now in its 8th year, the Unist’ot’en Camp includes an all season bunk house, a permaculture garden and an under construction Healing Lodge. The Camp is completely drug and alcohol free.

The Unist’ot’en Healing Lodge will have indigenous youth as its main focus. The lodge is about 2/3 built and will hopefully be completed this year. It will include a dining hall and kitchen, counselling and meeting rooms, a green house and extensive sleeping quarters.

At the Healing Lodge, Indigenous youth will be away from the influences of urban life. They will learn about their culture, history and language. They will engage in the physical work of restoring the land. And, they will receive high quality personal counselling.

Funds raised during the “Stop the Pipelines; Start the Music” Tour will go towards maintaining the Unist’ot’en Camp including paying for the completion of the Healing Lodge.

Their website is at –

http://unistotensolidarity.com/

This Unist’ot’en Declaration was issued in the summer of 2015 :

http://forestaction.wdfiles.com/local–files/legal/Press%20Kit%20-%20Unist%27ot%27en%20Declaration%20-%20August%206%2C%202015.pdf

Details

Date:
March 12, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1723918737918794/

Venue

Kwantlen Cultural Centre
Fort Langley, Canada
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