Pull Together

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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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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Trans Mountain Spills 150,000 Litres of Oil: An Inevitable Catastrophe Long Warned by First Nations

By Maia Wikler / June 15, 2020 /

Protection. Solidarity. Justice. These are the principles around which the Pull Together community has mobilized for years in unwavering support of the First Nations who have persevered in the courts for justice in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion project (and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline before it).  Yet on…

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Five Indigenous-led Movements for Ocean Protection

By Maia Wikler / June 10, 2020 /

Forests are known as the lungs of the Earth: a source for clean air and carbon filtration. But oceans are also living, breathing carbon sinks that give life – and air – to the planet. During World Oceans Week, let’s give homage to the oceans that sustain life from the depths below the surface. As is the…

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First Nations Persevere with a Supreme Court Appeal to Stop TMX

By Maia Wikler / April 9, 2020 /

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Band held a press conference on April 7th, 2020 to announce their appeal of the Federal Court of Appeal decision in their ongoing efforts to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project approval.  The project was initially “quashed” in 2018 for insufficient consultation with First Nations and the failure…

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Pull Together vs. TMX: a Legal Briefing and Q&A

By Andrea Palframan / April 7, 2020 /

Join the Nations for a briefing and Q&A on this Supreme Court appeal TUESDAY April 7th. We are excited to provide the opportunity for you to ask questions to Indigenous leaders about their new legal cases. By gathering online, sharing stories and taking action, we’re linking communities who are pushing back against extreme fossil fuel extraction,…

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The Fight to Stop TMX is Far From Over

By Andrea Palframan / February 5, 2020 /

Today, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed significant Indigenous legal challenges to Trans Mountain: a disappointing decision that vitally affects the First Nations on the pipeline and tankers route, and cuts deep for many of us. The 100-page decision focused primarily on a narrow range of issues allowed to be litigated in the judicial review,…

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