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Stop enforcing unjust injunctions: an open letter to RCMP on TMX

By Andrea Palframan / January 2, 2021 /

The following letter has been signed by a growing list of NGOs, community organizations and activists. It calls on police who enforce injunctions that violate Indigenous rights to uphold international agreements (UNDRIP, Paris Climate Accord) and consider their special responsibility to treat Indigenous Peoples with fairness after generations of enforcing brutal residential school family separations.

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What Impacts the Orcas Will Impact Us All

By Maia Wikler / December 2, 2020 /

During the summer of 2018, a stunned world watched in sorrow as a mother orca, Tahlequah, carried her dead newborn for at least 17 days for over 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast in an unprecedented display of grief. Tahlequah is a member of the J Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales. The orcas…

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Lummi Leads Cross-Border Action and Solidarity to stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / October 23, 2020 /

Amid a climate crisis, the assertion of Indigenous rights in the courts is a powerful tool that supersedes electoral politics. Parties may come and go, but legal precedents leave an enduring legacy for future generations.   We’ve seen  four years of politics that touted a ‘reconciliation agenda’ — while steamrolling Indigenous nation’s concerns about expanding pipelines.  In…

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A remarkable floating fundraiser for remarkable times

By Andrea Palframan / September 2, 2020 /

A group of islanders have found a unique way to host a covid-safe, socially distanced fundraiser. Thursday, September 3’s “Throw a Boat Down” event will be a paddle-powered, floating concert in support of RAVEN. The show will be livestreamed to audiences everywhere from a floating stage anchored just off the coast of Salt Spring Island.…

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What this pipeline needs is a good quashing

By Andrea Palframan / August 28, 2020 /

August 30 is the anniversary of the day, back in 2018, when the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the TMX pipeline. The decision set an important precedent. The court found the government failed to properly consult First Nations on the Trans Mountain project. It also found the government’s approval of the project violated its responsibility…

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Stop TMX Webinar ft. THE WILDS and 20-day tree sit protector, Dr. Takaro

By Maia Wikler / August 21, 2020 /

Join a webinar on Thursday August 27th and find out about grassroots efforts to sustain opposition to the Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline and tankers project.  This one-hour virtual gathering will be hosted by the Sustainabiliteens, and feature music from Holly Arntzen & Kevin Wright – aka The WILDS.  Speakers include professor Dr. Tim Takaro, who will…

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Folk that Pipeline Raises $10K for First Nations to stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

Over 1000+ people signed up for last night’s “Folk The Pipeline” festival. This incredible community raised over $10k to ignite the next phase of support for Indigenous legal action against Trans Mountain. With stellar sets by Dan Mangan, The Wilds and Luke Wallace, we came together with warmth and solidarity to renew our commitments to…

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Water is Life: Coldwater steps up to protect aquifer

By Maia Wikler / July 17, 2020 /

The Legal Battle against Trans Mountain Expansion Project Continues: Coldwater Perseveres to Protect Drinking Water On July 2nd, 2020, our community watched in dismay as the legal challenges of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were pushed aside;  Nations pressing for their Section 35 rights were denied leave to appeal by the…

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A volcano brewing beneath Canada

By Andrea Palframan / July 16, 2020 /

Was it only two years ago that Canada promised to develop legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Just three years since Prime Minister Trudeau declared that no relationship was more important to this country than the one with Indigenous Peoples? And has it really been five years since people…

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BREAKING (Video): Indigenous Nations react to Supreme Court decision on TMX

By Andrea Palframan / July 2, 2020 /

Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Coldwater First Nations have worked for eight long years to assert their rights to be consulted on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers expansion project. On July 2nd, 2020, The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three…

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