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Idle No More, Downtown East Side Community Groups Endorse Enbridge Noise Demonstration

Growing list of grassroots groups demand consent not consultation

by Rising Tide - Vancouver Coast Salish Territories

Idle No More, Downtown East Side Community Groups Endorse Enbridge Noise Demonstration

Media Release

January 10th, 2013

VANCOUVER—Public hearings on the Enbridge pipeline begin in Vancouver this Monday and will be greeted by a broadening spectrum of community members determined to voice opposition in the streets and inside the hearing room. Building on the trend set in Victoria of more people showing up in the streets than in designated viewing rooms, a large noise demonstration will march through downtown Vancouver in support of the self-determination of Indigenous communities and their rights to say no to oil and gas pipelines across their territories.

Communities from all across British Columbia have rejected the proposed oil sands bitumen pipeline. However, the Harper government is doing everything it can to ignore the demands of affected communities and undermine democratic process. In light of the recent passing of Bills C-38 and C-45, many feel the review process is only important as another venue to show the strength of public opposition.

“My home community will have the pipeline going right through it,” said Beatrice Starr from the Heiltsuk Nation, an elder and member of the Downtown East Side Power of Women Group. “It will affect our waters and our the food we rely on to live. It hurts me to think that my grandchildren may never be able to eat the same fish that I ate growing up. This pipeline will destroy our homelands.”

The environmental impacts of a project like the pipeline—from potential oil spills to its contribution to climate change—are matched by its social and economic impacts on affected communities: displacement, loss of traditional economic activities, and undermining self-determination. Around the world, Indigenous and other frontline communities—those least responsible for today’s global ecological crisis—are hit hardest by climate change, and burdened most by the corporations causing this crisis.

“For the past thirty years,” Starr continued, “I have lived in the downtown eastside and I am seeing how, like pipelines, condos and gentrification are pushing poor people out of our homes and our community. Big business - whether big oil or big real estate developers - has no concern for communities.”

This event is being organized by Rising Tide - Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, a grassroots environmental justice group committed to fighting the root causes of climate change and the interconnected destruction of land, water, and air.

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WHEN: Monday January 14th, 5:00 pm

WHERE: Victory Square, Cambie & Hastings Street, Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

WHO: Public, child and family friendly event.

 

Rising Tide Media Spokespeople

Eric Doherty (also providing oral statement at hearings) - 604-346-6994

Maryam Adrangi – 604-762-0536

 

To get in touch with endorsers please email Sean Devlin sean@yeslab.org

 

On Facebook: http://on.fb.me/ZLnKKO

On Twitter: www.twitter.com/risingtide604

Website: risingtide.resist.ca

 

Endorsed by:

Access Natural Healing

Alliance for People’s Health

Ancestral Pride Ahousaht Sovereign Territory

Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign

Canadian Autoworkers Union British Columbia (CAW)

Canadian Foundation for Creative Development

Council of Canadians

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council

Downtown Eastside Not for Developers Coalition

Downtown East Side Power of Women Group

Food Not Bombs

Fractured Land  (Documentary & Transmedia Project)

Fraser Valley Peace Council

Home Health Care

Idlenomore Founders (Jess Gordon, Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum, Nina Wilson, and Sheelah McLean)

Indigenous Action Movement

Indigenous Environmental Network

Justice for Mother and Child Canada

Kootenays For A Pipeline-Free B.C. (Kootenay to Kitimat Caravan)

Lhe Lin Liyin (Grassroots Wet’suwet’en)

Mining Justice Alliance

No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Group

Pedal Revolutionary Radio

Peoples' Health Movement

Pipedreams Project

PIPE UP Network

Purple Thistle

Rhizome Cafe

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group

Social Coast

South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy

Spartacus Books

Stop the Pave

StopWar.ca

Streams of Justice

Unist'ot'en Camp

Vancouver Catholic Worker

Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network

Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group

Vancouver Raging Grannies

Vancouver Status of Women

Vancouver-West End Greens

 

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