Two Comox Valley women, Susan Holvenstot and Sally Gellard, have recently ventured into the wilds of northern BC in winter to support Indigenous camps stopping pipelines, and fracked gas terminals. They have been visiting Lelu Island occupation site (location of a proposed LNG terminal) near Prince Rupert, amid much snow, and will soon head to Unis’to’ten traditional lands near Houston, BC for several weeks during March.
Numerous bitumen and fracked gas pipelines are proposed to cross Unis’to’ten 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. After Standing Rock this could well be the next battle in the fight to save Mother Earth.
Many will not be able to travel north, but you can support the 2017 Unist’ot’en Spring Tour – Stop the Pipelines: Start the Music. Hereditary Chiefs and other representatives of the Unist’ot’en Clan will be on tour – bringing word of their ongoing stand in defense of their land and against the construction of fossil fuel pipelines. Each event will include reports from the front lines as well as some great music. Attend either of these events on Vancouver Island.
From the Spirit, the Heart, and the Forest