Organization: Fight C
City/Country: Vancouver, BC. Canada
Group hosts empty picnic in opposition to Site C dam, on the Peace River as Indigenous Day of Action tells Justin Trudeau "Deeds, not Words." Vancouver, October 10 - A group of Vancouver activists held an unusual picnic this morning in solidarity with the country-wide Indigenous Day of Action, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his promises to Indigenous communities by halting construction on the Site C dam. Unlike most picnics, this one had empty glasses and plates, drawing attention to the impact which the Site C dam megaproject will have on food security by flooding thousands of acres of arable farmland. "We stand in solidarity with land and water defenders - Here, and in Treaty 8 territory, and across this continent" said Gordon August, an Indigenous activist who comes from a line of hereditary chiefs from Shishalh. "This dam cannot be allowed to be built." Organizers referenced Trudeau's election promises to "build a renewed nation-to-nation relationship" with First Nations, stating that federal permits issued this past July on Site C betrayed the trust placed in the new government to thoroughly and meaningfully consult Indigenous groups about projects on their traditional territories. On September 12th, two Treaty 8 First Nations were in the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal, arguing that construction of the Site C dam was a violation of Treaty rights.