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Unceded Coast Salish Territories

No Pipelines!: Action Training for Climate Justice

Friday April 4 2014
- 9:30pm
Sunday April 6 2014

Venue: Dogwood Centre, Russian Hall, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, Spartacus Books
Cost: By donation
Accessibility: See below

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No Pipelines! Action Training for Climate Justice – FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
April 4, 5, 6, 2014 - Vancouver BC, unceded Coast Salish Territories
Read on for our 3-day schedule of events,  details of the opening and closing community feasts, live music and film nights and two inspiring speaker events.
This weekend of popular education and mass movement building is an opportunity for organizers and groups from across the Pacific Northwest to deepen our collective understanding of the politics of extreme energy and carbon colonialism. Workshops include Mapping Resistance, Knowing Your Rights, Creating Cultures of Resistance, Decolonization, False Solutions and Anti-Oppression among many, many more. This is not just about talking – it’s time to take to the streets and skill up for civil disobedience. Learn how to plan direct actions: from scouting the target and briefing the media to using a range of blockading skills to shut them down!
For the full schedule see:
In addition to a packed workshop schedule, the weekend opens on Friday evening at the Russian Hall with an indigenous welcoming followed by a celebratory feast and panel event with Cease Wyss and guests from the Unist'ot'en Action Camp and Ancestral Pride. From 9.30 PM we’ll embrace the rhythms of resistance with music from Savage FAM. The training will close on Sunday night with a community salmon dinner and speaking forum honouring the essential leadership of Indigenous women, mothers, and grandmothers in climate justice and anti-colonial organizing.
Location: the weekend’s events will take place at the Russian Hall, The Dogwood Centre and the Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in East Vancouver.  Venue details and addresses are listed on the website.
If you or your group would like more information, or need any logistical support please email us at: 
Anti-colonial and Anti-Oppression Statement
We acknowledge we are gathering this weekend, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people including the.xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Our words and actions will reflect our awareness and appreciation that this is occupied land and confront the marginalization and oppression that indigenous people and people of colour face on a daily basis. We commit to rejecting all manifestations of marginalization and discrimination, including, but not limited to patriarchy, racism and white supremacy, classism, disableism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia.
Safer Space and Accessibility
All attendees, therefore, will strive to not replicate the systems of oppression, which big coal, oil & gas use to divide and rule, as we come together to create a better world.
Listening: Living in this complex, contested time means that there are hard questions that need to be asked and the hard work of careful listening is vital to hearing each other. Do not assume you know where someone is coming from. Be open to positions different from yours.
Photography: Before taking any photos or posting them online, please obtain permission of everyone who is in your photo.
Scent-reduction: To help make this a safer space for those in our communities who have chemical sensitivities or allergies, please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented-body products.
Childcare: Childcare is available for those who want it. Please make spaces safe and welcoming to children and their parents who attend events.
Pronouns: Respect preferred pronouns. If you are unsure of what pronoun somebody prefers, ask respectfully or use first names.
Gender-neutral washrooms will be made available in each venue.
Rides between venues will be available for elders and those with mobility concerns. Just ask one of the organizers at the venue.
Free Bus Tickets will be available
Wheel-chair access:
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church’s kitchen’s entrance is at street level, which gives access to washrooms, kitchen and lower hall. One washroom is gender neutral and has a stall that can accommodate a wheelchair. The washroom door opening is 86 cm, and the stall door is 61 cm.
Spartacus Books is on the ground/street level. Both the outer door and the bathroom door are 800mm (31.49 inches) in width. In the gender neutral bathroom, there is one bar directly to the left of the toilet and one bar directly behind it. The inside of Spartacus is all one level except for a slight bump (about 1mm in height) close to the back.
Russian Hall
The hall has two levels. The top level is accessible (wheelchair ramp). The lower level is not accessible (4 steps, no ramp). Because the bathroom is located in the lower level, there is no wheelchair access to the bathroom. The bathroom is also not wheelchair accessible. There will be a male washroom and a gender neutral washroom available.
3 steps between ground and main entrance, with a total height of 21 inches. 10ft long ramp and human lift are available. One gender inclusive washroom.
We are suggesting donations for this weekend training from $1 to $100 depending on your resources.
This convergence has been organized completely by volunteers. Rising Tide has no paid staff and no office – your donation goes directly to paying for the training spaces, food costs, travel for grassroots land defenders, etc. Any remaining donations will go into a fund for front line communities battling resource extraction, climate change, and the capitalist system.
A huge THANK YOU to the many volunteers and community organizations who helped with organizing childcare, food, billeting and all the many details needed to make this possible. THANK YOU to all the speakers, facilitators and participants for adding your voices as we all work together to create a foundation of resistance.
PRESENTED BY @Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
The Joint Review Panel has approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from the tar sands to Kitimat. Approval is expected from the Harper government at any time. Meanwhile, reports say that construction is beginning on a lesser-known but equally destructive pipeline: Pacific Trail, from the fracking fields of Northern BC to Kitimat. Pacific Trail, which was appoved over a year ago, shares the western part of the route with Enbridge. Enbridge and Pacific Trail are only two of the many pipelines proposed for BC and across Canada.
Both projects are doomed, according to land defenders. Two years ago, members of the Unis'tot'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation set out to block the route for both pipelines. Indigenous leaders are occupying and patrolling the territory as they always have. They have turned away pipeline surveyors, a logging crew planning to clear the route, and RCMP officers.
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