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Each year, at the end of September, the PVEA celebrates BC Rivers’ Day with a Wooden Boat Race on the majestic Peace River.

Join us, or if you’re from afar – sponsor a little wooden boat – at PVEA’s celebration of the Peace River.

When:
Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon-3

Where:
Bear Flat on the Hudson’s Hope Highway 29, approx. 30 km from Fort St. John. Look to the left and you will see a large, red kayak-shaped ‘Paddle for the Peace’ sign – enter the hayfield there and follow the road to the river’s edge.

How do I get a boat to sponsor?
Sponsor a wooden boat for $10 from the PVEA:
– Get one at the Fort St. John Farmer’s Market,
Saturday, September 17th; or,
– Email peacevalleyenv@gmail.com to make arrangements to have one set aside in your name; or,
– Call Ruth Ann Darnall 250-785-2105; or,
– Show up at 12:00 p.m. and get one at the event

Your name will be recorded with the boat you sponsor.
If you wish, you can take a boat home to paint (these are small, wooden boats) – paint it yourself or let your kids have fund painting them!

How much does it cost?
The sponsorship for each boat is $20.

How does the event work?
All boats will be released at 12:30 p.m. upriver from the hayfield near Bear Flat.
Watch the boats as they come downriver to the hayfield.
Bring your lunch including something to roast at the campfiire.

PRIZES!!
1st Place: An outdoor family portrait session with PVEA photographer, Don Hoffmann; or a plaque mount of his famous “Keeper of the Peace” picture.

2nd and 3rd Places: A box of assorted ‘Products from the Peace’

This is a critical year to gather together and show that we want to protect the Peace River Valley – one of the only remaining, relatively ‘untouched’ areas in northeast BC. We look forward to having you join us!🙂

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Dear Friends of the Peace,

Thank you to all who have come out to our recent events and/or shown your support in so many other ways like donating, sharing information and taking action.  The momentum for this campaign to protect the Peace River Valley grows daily!

The Treaty 8 Justice Caravan had a fantastic, successful launch on Monday morning.  We had a number of speakers including UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Philip and his wife Joan Philip who drove all the way up from Vancouver just to attend the launch and provide words of encouragement and support.

The caravan will be in Montreal on Monday, September 12th, the date that the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations’ court case will be heard at the Federal Supreme Court.  There are a number of events for supporters in the Montreal and Ottawa areas to join as well as a webinar that anyone can join.

On September 10th, allies across the province will be participating in a Day of Action to make sure as many people as possible are paying attention to the court case and the Caravan! A dozen creative action teams across the province will be joined by teams of canvassers to educate and engage the public – and then we’ll gather at 5 pm for a community potluck in English Bay in Vancouver to talk about where we go from here!  The solidarity events are happening in the Peace Region as well as in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria on Saturday, September 10th.  Details for all events are below.

Justice for the Peace Solidarity Events

(The hyperlinks will lead you to the Facebook event sites.  The most up-to-date list of events and actions can be found on the Facebook page (https://facebook.com/events/284272641934507). Please share!

If you do not have access to Facebook, you will find information about some of the events by scrolling down the page at the RAVEN Trust website here.)

Saturday, September 10th in Fort St. John area:

  •  Paddle up the Peace River – Launch at Bear Flat on Hwy 29. 9:30 am – 6 pm
    • Launching canoes/kayaks and will paddle to the Rocky Mountain Fort for lunch. Bring your own lunch and water. Bring a sign to leave at the Fort site. We will continue down the river to Taylor Boat launch. Paddle takes approximately 5-6 hours. We will be accompanied by a river boat for paddlers safety.

Saturday, September 10th in Kelowna:

  • Solidarity action in Kelowna at the farmer’s market, 9:30 am – noon
    • We will be meeting outside the market with clipboards and petitions. Please join us!

Saturday, September 10th in Victoria:

  • Chalk mural in Victoria, near the Legislature, 11-4 pm
    • Join us to draw a mural of the Peace River in Victoria! Please bring chalk.

Saturday, September 10th in Vancouver area:

  • Community Potluck – English Bay, 4-6 pm.
    • Please bring food to share and your own eating utensils/plate.
    • We’ll celebrate the success of the day, talk about what we want to see happen next, and share some delicious food. There will be opportunities to share your thoughts – bring your great ideas!
  •  “Yoga-thon” of 108 Sun Salutations – China Creek North Park 10 am – 1:30 pm
    • Together we will go through 108 sun salutations, unified in a dedication of respect and love for the Peace River Valley. Please bring a mat and water bottle for yourself.
  • Guerrilla Mural of the Peace River (drawn in chalk) – Downtown Vancouver – start in northwest corner of Robson and Burrard Street, heading west on Robson Street on the sidewalk.  7 am – 7 pm
    • Anyone can be part of the Chalk Art Mural to draw the 83 m Peace River Chalk Mural in Downtown Vancouver that will start from Northwest corner Robson and Burrard Street going West on Robson Street on the sidewalk. Please bring chalk if you have some, especially blue & green!
  • A Link to the Peace in New Westminster at the Quay, 12-3:30 pm
    • Crafts for kids and adults – decorate a heart link which we will add to the chain and send to our allies in the North!
  • Drums for Peace in Robson Square at 1 pm
    • First Nations activist and elder Gordon August will be joined by drummers and singers to stand in solidarity with the Treaty 8. All are welcome to stand with us!
  • Youth Voices for the Peace with Socialist Alternatives in English Bay, 1-5 pm:
    • Celebrate young performers as they sing, dance and speak out for the protection of the Peace River Valley against the Site C Dam. Let’s come together and support the fight as youth give voice to their generation’s visions for a peaceful, sustainable future for all!
  • Flash Action on Commercial Drive at 2 pm
    • Bagpipes and banners – what could be better? We will have banners and signs, and be led by bagpipes – join us for a flash march up the Drive. Meeting at Commercial Skytrain Station at 2 pm sharp!

Monday, September 12th in Montreal:

  • Montreal Solidarity Rally – Federal Court of Appeal 8 am – 9 am EDT
    • A peaceful rally to show support for the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in their historic case to ensure that the Constitutional rights of Indigenous peoples cannot be ignored when governments make decisions about large-scale resource development projects.

Tuesday, September 13th in Ottawa:

  • Parliament Hill Rally for the Peace River – Parliament Hill 10:30 am – 11:30 am EDT
    • Join the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan in urging Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promises to respect the treaties, rebuild trust in the environmental assessment system and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Live Webinar on the implications of the Site C legal struggle – University of Ottawa – 1 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
    • Keeping the promise: Treaty rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Site C dam. Warch online or attend in person, Lamoureux Hall, LMX 243, University of Ottawa
  • Ottawa Community Potluck & Feast – St. Paul’s-Eastern United Church 5 pm – 7 pm EDT
    • Come show your support for the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan as they arrive in Ottawa at the conclusion of their historic cross-country journey to defend the Peace River Valley. Those who are able, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

If you would like to volunteer as a canvasser at any of these events, please email sitecevents@gmail.com.

So many great opportunities to choose from!  Hope you can make at least one of these events.  We must stop this project!

Please share this email with your friends in the Ottawa and Montreal areas and encourage them to attend events in their area.  The caravan crew are a wonderful bunch of people that would be thrilled to embrace the support!

Thank you!

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Photo:  Andrea Morison

Dear Friends,

Our flagship event, the 11th Annual Paddle for the Peace is almost upon us!  We are thrilled with the fantastic response we have had to this event and look forward to seeing many of you up here in the Peace Country on Saturday, July 9th.

If you can’t make it to the Peace River, join a solidarity paddle elsewhere in the province!

We realize that many of you cannot make it up for the Paddle in Fort St. John; however don’t despair, there are many solidarity paddles happening elsewhere in the province!  We hope you can join others who care deeply about the Peace River Valley and the future of all British Columbians at one of the following events:

Vancouver:  Grab a Paddle Event,  July 9th, Kits Beach

  • On July 9th, paddlers and supporters will gather for a solidarity march, paddle & community event with speakers, kayactivists, music and more!
  • Meet at Vanier Park, 12:30 (kayaks, boats & stand-up paddleboards come at 12 noon) with flotilla and march to Kits Beach.
  • More information on the Facebook event page here.

 

Sechelt:  Paddle for the Peace – Support Indigenous Rights, No Site C Dam, July 9th , Porpoise Bay Provincial Park – right beside the children’s playground

  • Fundraising paddle and cultural tour. Funds go to First Nations legal costs associated with their battle against Site C.
  • Starts at 10 a.m. (arrive 15 mins early) and ends at 2:00 p.m.
  • Salmon bbq and public event in solidarity with Paddle for the Peace with Sechelt First Nation.
  • More information here.

 

Nelson: Paddle the Kootenay for the Peace, July 9th, Lakeside Park Launch

  • Come paddle a short stretch on the Kootenay to show your support for the Peace Valley and the battle to protect it from Site C dam.
  • Starts at 11 a.m. – come early to create signs and posters marking the event. Bring your own kayak or canoe.  Launch is at noon.
  • More information on the Facebook event page here.

 

Here’s hoping one of these events will fit into your summer schedule.  If not, feel free to create your own event, even if it’s just you, paddling on or around July 9th in solidarity.  Share your pictures from whatever event you are a part of with us on Peace Valley Environment Association’s Facebook page here.

Have a great summer everyone and as always, THANK YOU for your continued support as we work to protect the Peace River Valley.

 

 

Montreal court date set for First Nations’ Site C legal challenge

Four challenges against controversial project remain

Jonny Wakefield / Dawson Creek Mirror

June 23, 2016 02:59 PM

A federal court judge will hear an appeal from two First Nations impacted by the Site C dam in Montreal this September.

After months of waiting for a trial date, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations will appear in federal court Sept. 14.

The Treaty 8 nations are appealing a federal judge’s decision on the project’s impact on constitutionally-protected rights to hunt, fish and trap. The challenge was dismissed by a judge in Vancouver last year.

According to a notice of civil claim BC Hydro filed against protesters blocking Site C construction earlier this year, the court found the Crown corporation’s consultation of Treaty 8 First Nations “was in good faith and extensive.”

West Moberly Chief Roland Willson disagreed, saying his nation was challenging what it saw as “a failure on (the government’s) part” to uphold treaty rights.

“When they’re making a decision of this magnitude—it’s the largest project in B.C. history, and there are already two existing dams that have previously infringed (on) the treaty—they should have had no other choice than to have (a justification for Treaty infringement),” he said. He said the the Montreal court date was the earliest available.

 

 

 

.rose PeacePhoto:  Andrea Morison

Dear Friends of the Peace,

First of all, thank you so much to all of you who have sent letters and made phone calls and/or visits to your MP’s to make sure they are aware of Site C dam and the many issues of concern about it.  We are thrilled with your fantastic support on this action!

The recent and unexpected resignation of the federal minister of fisheries and oceans, Hunter Tootoo has provided us with the perfect opportunity to make sure we inform interim minister, Dominic LeBlanc about Site C.

Let’s capitalize on this opportunity at the federal level!

Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of this unexpected turn of events and ensure that Dominic LeBlanc understands why his department should not issue any further permits required for construction of Site C!

There are a number of outstanding federal permits required from the federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans required for construction to continue. Delaying these permits would allow First Nations’ court challenges to be heard.  It would also provide time for the re-examination of critical outstanding issues regarding project costs, energy demand forecasts and numerous environmental concerns before the BC government spends more of our money destroying the Peace Valley.

Send your email to dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca and tell him about the impacts and lack of need for this project.  (Feel free to reference our backgrounder here.)  Let’s make sure that he doesn’t approve any more permits and understands that a project with immitigable and irreparable impacts of this magnitude deserves more scrutiny by the new Liberal government.  It is NOT acceptable to keep shrugging all the responsibility onto the previous Conservative government and/or British Columbia!

More campaign updates:

11th Annual Paddle for the Peace:  You’re invited!  Join us and hundreds, if not thousands of others on the Peace River this summer, Saturday, July 9th.  This is an amazing and unique opportunity to experience the ‘Mighty Peace’ firsthand with hundreds of allies.  More information can be found on the Paddle website:  www.PaddleforthePeace.ca or on the Facebook event page here.

Need a ride or looking to share watercraft at the Paddle?  Hook up with others on the Paddle Ride Share Facebook page here or contact sitecevents@gmail.com to coordinate arrangements.

Site C – Keep the Peace Event in Courtenay:  Thursday, June 9th, 7 p.m.  If you eat, you need to care about protecting BC’s precious agricultural land from Site C!  Join Sierra Club’s Ana Simeon and Ben Parfitt, award winning investigative journalist and resource policy analyst for an evening of inspiration and education on Site C dam.  Event hosted by Sierra Club BC, Kairos and Comox United Church Outreach Committee.  Presentation will be held at Comox United Church, 250 Beach Dr. Comox.  Facebook event page here.

Learn more about Site C at the grand finale of the Wild Salmon Caravan in Vancouver:  Saturday, June 11th hosted by First Nations working together to preserve indigenous food sovereignty.  Facebook event page here.

As you can see, our campaign is bigger and stronger every day!  Thank you so much for all you are doing to keep the campaign alive and together we will Keep the Peace!

 

Following is a submission by economist Erik Andersen to the British Columbia Utilities Commission BC Hydro Revenue Requirment Application: Community Input Sessions being held on Saturday, June 11, Nanaimo, BC.

In his submission Andersen provides the facts and explains what the actual versus forecasted energy demand scenarios have been over the last decade and demonstrates the consistently excess projections that BC Hydro has made over the years.

May 2016 British Columbia Utilities Commission

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SITE C CAMPAIGN UPDATE
May 14, 2016

Site C is an environmental and economic disaster by Chief Lynette Tsakoza and Chief Roland Wilson
“While this government runs roughshod over our treaty rights, it has also shown a disdain for independent oversight, the integrity of the environmental assessment process and the citizens of British Columbia.”
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/opinion-site-c-is-an-environmental-and-economic-disaster

Mobilize to Educate Members of Parliament
The time is now to encourage individual letters, phone calls and meeting requests to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party or portfolio.


Parliamentary Petition
Please sign and let others know about a petition to the House of Commons calling for a halt to federal permits for Site C. Unlike other online actions, this is an official Parliamentary petition and will require the government to issue a formal reply.
https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-324

Site C Webinar
A video recording of the recent webinar is now online, featuring Helen Knott, Rob Botterall and Andrea Morison
https://vimeo.com/164171722

Let’s Get to 50!
More than 30 organizations have signed onto our joint statement on Site C: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/theres-nothing-clean-about-site-c-dam. It would be great to get to at least 50 signatories so we can do another media and advocacy push. If you are aware of other organizations who might sign on, please encourage them to do so.

11th Annual Paddle for the Peace
We hope to see as many allies and supporters as possible at the annual celebration of the Peace River, Saturday, July 9th, 2016, organized by the West Moberly First Nations and Peace Valley Environment Association. See www.PaddleforthePeace.ca

Site C in the News

Opponents of the project say the new permits, which are before Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo, will be a critical test of the government’s promised new relationship with Aboriginal people.  http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/site-c/new-fisheries-permits-will-force-trudeau-government-s-hand-on-site-c-1.2253317#sthash.CXhWeYCO.dpuf
 
The nations added that the federal government wants to “wrap up consultation” on the project, “without even responding” to their request for a moratorium on permits until a final resolution of their court challenges is completed. 


Online actions:

* New action centre at http://realsitechearings.org provides MP contact information and talking points — we’ll send your letter for you too.

* Sierra Club BC’s letter-writing action to the federal government: http://sierraclub.bc.ca/take-action-centre/site-c-first-nations/

* Amnesty’s online petition to the federal and provincial governments now has over 41,000 signatures: http://bit.ly/1Uwwbnz

Downloadable/shareable brochure
Produced by the Peace Valley Environment Association. Please circulate! https://keepingthepeace.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/mar-16-site-c-campaign-brochure-for-individuals.pdf

Donate to the court cases:
Donations to support the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in their legal challenge to the Site C dam can be made through RAVEN Trust and will be matched: http://raventrust.com/join-the-circle-no-site-c/

Joint NGO letter to Prime Minister Trudeau:
New organizations are most welcome to endorse: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/theres-nothing-clean-about-site-c-dam
Contact Craig Benjamin at Amnesty International cbenjamin@amnesty.ca


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