Next month, Canadians will launch one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the country’s history. Over 80 influential leaders from across the country, representing a wide cross-section of “business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities…announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22,” according to the DefendOurCoast.ca announcement.
“There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to take a stand,” said prominent author and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman
. “Today we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others to join us. The risk of oil spills and irreversible harm to our tourism and fishing industries from these pipelines and tankers is just too great.”
“This October, we pledge to defend our coast and the mountains, rivers, forests, wildlife and First Nations communities of B.C.
against tar sands pipelines and tankers,” Susan Spratt, Western Regional Director of the Canadian Auto Workers
said in the press release. “We want long-term green jobs that will take us beyond fossil fuels, not short-term high risk pipelines.”
“We hope people from all walks of life and from across the country join us in Victoria and defend the natural beauty and cultural richness of the B.C.
coastline,” said Chief Jackie Thomas, Saik’uz First Nation
in the press release. “We will be there to show the widespread opposition to tar sands pipelines and tanker proposals and to show the strength of the support for First Nations people’s rights to land and title and the internationally protected right to free, prior and informed consent on any development impacting our traditional territories.”
The rally organizers feel that now is the time to show the Harper government just how cautious they need to be when dealing with one of the West coast’s greatest sources of identity, recreation, economy, and pride.
Follow the action and find out more at DefendOurCoast.ca.