Today was a beautiful day to Stop Kinder Morgan

Coast Protectors
It couldn’t have been a better day. 

This morning, we marched with Grand Chief Stewart and Joan Phillips and Indigenous leaders from all over Turtle Island — about ten thousand of us. We arrived on Burnaby Mountain to find builders working away at the new front in the resistance to Kinder Morgan – a Watch House! Watch Houses have been used by Coast Salish people since time immemorial to guard this territory.

“My ancestors built Kwekwecnewtxw — ‘a place to watch from’ — when danger threatened our people. Danger threatens our people now, as Kinder Morgan tries to send hazardous diluted bitumen through our territory. Today we build our own Watch House to protect the Salish Sea and the people who depend on it,” said Swaysǝn Will George, Tsleil-Waututh member and spokesperson for Kwekwecnewtxw-Protect the Inlet. Swaysǝn translates to when he speaks, people will listen. 


Today’s march was the largest-ever show of opposition to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project (so far).

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip called on the crowd to join him in escalating action to stop Kinder Morgan in the coming days.

“We are gathering today to send a clear message to Kinder Morgan and Justin Trudeau that indigenous peoples across North America and British Columbians will never let this pipeline be built,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “I call on everyone in the crowd today and watching from home to join us in escalating action to stop Kinder Morgan in the coming days. Rachel Notley, we are not in the least bit intimidated by your desperate threats and we will not stop!”

Construction of the Watch house will continue through the day and into the night, with organizers expecting to be finished by Monday.

 See more of the day’s best photos and videos (scroll down). 

If you signed up to Protect the Inlet, you’re already on the list for updates and action opportunities at the Watch House.  If there’s no way you can get to Coast Salish territories, donate to Kwekwecnewtxw instead.

We’ve entered a new phase in the fight for the planet. We thank you deeply for being on this journey with us. Thank you for all that you do.

In solidarity,

Sarah and the Coast Protectors team

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100 March in Nelson To Help Coast Protectors Stop the Expansion of Tar Sands and Bitumen Pipelines and Tankers


Press Release: For Immediate Release

March 10th, 2018
Contact: Nadine Podmoroff, member of the For Our Earth Coalition and Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians or 250-608-0773

100 March in Nelson To Help Coast Protectors
Stop the Expansion of Tar Sands and Bitumen Pipelines and Tankers

March 10, 2018 (Nelson) – 100 people in Nelson rallied along with thousands in Metro Vancouver to support the Coast Protectors’ call to all people to stand with them to defend their lands and the environment against the expansion of Tar Sands and bitumen pipelines and tankers on the B.C. West Coast. “Folks in Nelson came out in a big way to join what’s going to be an historic provincial movement to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline! This is only the beginning,” said Keith Wiley one of the organizers of the rally.

“Indigenous Peoples have consistently and repeatedly rejected the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project,” assert the Coast Protectors. “Federal approval of the project was and is an egregious violation of our inherent Indigenous Title and Rights, and a violation of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” state the Protectors.

The rally was organized by the Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians and co-sponsored by the For Our Earth Coalition. It is one of several events and actions to be held in the Kootenay, Boundary and Okanagan regions in the spirit of solidarity and support of the Coast Protectors, Protect the Inlet campaign and the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion.

The coalition and group are raising awareness and much needed funds for the Coast Protectors and carrying out strategic actions locally and along pipeline routes to halt the expansion of Tar Sands and bitumen pipelines and tanker traffic to more safely transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.   They are appealing to people within their regions to get involved, support the Coast Protectors and take action and invite all to their upcoming forum, For Our Earth: Join the Movement to Stop Kinder Morgan, featuring Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, on April 23rd   at 7:00 P.M. at the Nelson United Church on 602 Silica Street, followed by Strategic Actions Training on April 28th at 12:00 P.M. at the  Senior Citizens Nelson Branch No. 51 at 717 Vernon Street in Nelson.

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