Never hesitate to speak up for those without a voice! Video and words of the day from PNW Protector @aabax.waves last week, via our always inspiring friends and partners at @pnwprotectors.
"Yesterday First Peoples and British Columbians met on the historic lands of the "Snuneymux Peoples" to attend a Town Hall held by Justin Trudeau.
This clip shows the ceremonial protest and solidarity against the two most prevalent threats seen to their territorial waters. *The first threat poised is the spread of the "Piscine Reovirus" from farmed Atlantic Salmon. to Wild Pacific Salmon stocks. This disease has been found in 80% of farmed Atlantic Salmon sold locally and tested by @alexmorton4salmon The Open Pen Fish Farms are placed against the consent of many first peoples in their waters which happen to be on the migratory routes of Juvenile Wild Salmon. Trudeau's answer to this threat is that they have formed a committee to study it.
* Secondly the increased risk of a devastating bitumen spill that is posed by the anticipated 7 fold increase of tanker traffic through the Salish Sea. This increase in tanker traffic will result directly from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion that has been granted by the Trudeau Government.
A number of First Peoples, actually walked out of the town hall about three quarters through the heated meeting. This was after three of their most prominent and senior chiefs were ignored in their attempts to speak toPrime Minister Trudeau. They had patiently raised their hands to speak through much of the town hall and they were not hard to notice, dressed in traditional ceremonial regalia and seated within feet of Justin Trudeau.
Not only did Justin send a strong message to all people's in attendance at the town hall, that the pipeline will be built, I fear he has done more harm to his message of reconciliation with Canada's First Peoples than good by not providing the opportunity for these chiefs to speak.🐟🐳
@justintrudeau @elizabethmay @kennedystewart @lanapopham @adamphilipolsen @Johnhorgan4BC @dogwoodbc @pnwprotectors @watershedwatch #dogwoodbc #alexandramorton"