What: A community paddle in the Victoria Harbour to raise funds for First Nations who are challenging the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion in Court
Where: Leaving from and returning to Banfield Park Dock, Victoria West
When: Saturday, Dec 14th, 10 am
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The election is over, and Trudeau is still promising to complete the government-owned Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion without the consent of many First Nations. Construction is already starting along many parts of the route. In response, First Nations like the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Coldwater are taking the government to court to enforce their rights and protect our coast. These court cases may be our best shot of stopping this pipeline before it causes irreparable environmental damage.
Raven Legal Trust is raising funds to help First Nations pay for these legal challenges through their pulltogether.ca campaign – but so far, they are less than halfway to their fundraising goal. With hearings scheduled to begin as soon as Dec 16th, the time to stand in solidarity with First Nations is now.
On Saturday, Dec 14th, join local kayakers, canoeists, first nations, environmentalists, and concerned residents of all kinds at Banfield park for a family friendly community paddle in the Victoria Harbour. The event will feature a 1 hour paddle, a large on-the-water banner, and a community meal. All proceeds will go to Pull Together to fund the fight to protect our coast.
If you plan to paddle, please read the Safety Policy and print out and complete the Participant Consent Agreement. To participate in the Paddle, a signed copy of the Participant Consent Agreement must be handed in to organizers before leaving the dock on Dec. 14.
We are also encouraging everyone who plans to paddle to sign up at pulltogether.ca to mobilize Pledges from family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers in support of the First Nations legal challenge to the pipeline.
To volunteer with the Paddle, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by: Rise and Resist, the Social Environmental Alliance, Turning the Tide, Climate Justice Victoria, Greenpeace local group, the Seawolves, and Surfrider Vancouver Island.
We respectfully acknowledge that this event is held on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples of current-day Songhees and Esquimalt nations, who have carefully stewarded these lands we all now call home since time immemorial and since first contact have resisted the colonial system that has brought the biosphere to this tipping point.