Site C Hunger Hunger Strike at Vancouver BC Hydro

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Hunger strikers against the proposed Site C dam outside BC Hydro building in Vancouver, March 3, 2016. Photo: facebook

Supporters of Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Camp daily hunger strike after the northern camp was dismantled by the RCMP. Please show your support by attending the BC Hydro building. Not everyone is expected to hunger strike!

Beginning on Thursday, we invite everyone to gather daily from 8am to 5pm with the intention of shaming BC Hydro, who are violating treaty 8 rights and preparing to decimate vital agricultural lands in the Peace Valley.

“The hunger strike was called immediately following the aggressive RCMP attendance at the Site C/Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Camp on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.

Justice Bruce Butler approved B.C. Hydro’s application for an interim injunction and enforcement order to forcibly remove the Treaty 8 Indigenous Land Defenders and supporters, including local farmers and members of the Peace Valley Landowners Association. The court order and the riot act were read out to those at the camp and the RCMP were present until the camp was dismantled.

We believe B.C. Hydro is a failing and highly mismanaged Crown Corporation operating with reckless disregard for the public it is meant to serve. Continued hikes in rates and declining mining and LNG projects have cost us all enough. It is unacceptable that despite this, the British Columbia Supreme Court and the B.C. government have supported B.C. Hydro through its violations of the public trust and rights of the Indigenous Peoples of our province, whose territories they access without appropriate consultation and most certainly without consent. as a result of a flawed and extralegal permitting process the B.C. Provincial government is conducting.

We find it unacceptable that the RCMP have enforced such injustices on members of the Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land Defenders.

The hunger strikes will be held daily outside the BC Hydro Office from 8am to 5pm. Our demands are the same as the Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land; No construction until the court case of Treaty violations is finished and that this project be given a review with the BC Utilities Commission. ”

”The government signed Treaty 8 in the early 1900s on our territory. The proceeded to pressure Indigenous people to follow and obey it, but in turn they do not honor our Treaty rights. We were promised to live and thrive continuing our ways of life, our livelihoods. We did not surrender, lease, rent or sell our lands” Yvonne Tupper – Member of Treaty 8

“We’re not eating here today to symbolize how this government is literally flooding the best agricultural lands of the north that could feed approximately a million people. We’re not eating because our government is literally starving us of any form of justice and reconciliation for Treaty 8.” – Tamo Campos

Posted on March 3, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on Dolphin and commented:
    …like I said, the only thing evil needs to flourish is for good people to stand back and do nothing. I hope if any of you are close by, you’ll join them. They say you don’t have to hunger strike…but having bodies there is important.

  2. A recent injunction has led to a peaceful dissolution of the camp at the Site C damn on Treaty 8 lands. In response, activists have gathered in front of BC Hydro (Vancouver) Coast Salish Territories, and were called to hunger strike, immediately following the court ruling.

    Show your support at 333 Dunsmuir, 8am-5pm, for an extended period of time.

  3. I am hoping that it is correct for me to post this here, but I feel that it is good that I do so:

    Some folks are getting just a little too comfortable with the silence, and are shushing other people who have been waiting patiently for the talking stick, it’d be nice to hear a lot more voices from those who have something to say.

    Many of those voices are those of the land defenders and their allies who understand that the earth itself is not for sale.

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