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Dear Friends,

Our campaign to protect the Peace River Valley from Site C dam continues to grow!  We are so encouraged by the support from individuals all over the province who are contributing their creativity and time to the campaign.

Wondering what you can do?

Following are a couple of initiatives we thought you’d be interested in undertaking to help out:

Have you got your Stake in the Peace yet?

Our Yellow Stakes Campaign is going great!  We have 398 stakes in the ground at Bear Flat in the Peace River Valley and the number just keeps growing.  Stakes are $100 each and make a great Christmas gift. All funds collected go towards supporting the legal fees for the court cases against Site C Dam by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.  More information here:  www.StakeinthePeace.com .

Write a letter – Take part in Amnesty Write for Rights this weekend!

Join thousands of others from around the world through Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign being held December 10th.  Write to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark and call for an immediate halt to construction of the Site C dam.  The dam is causing numerous immitigable impacts to the lives and lands of the Indigenous peoples in northeastern British Columbia.

Find out more about Write for Rights here.

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                       George Desjarlais, West Moberly First Nation            Photo:  Andrea Morison

 “The damage that this Site C is going to do, I don’t even know how to explain it,” George says. “My people, they’ve used that river as a corridor, almost like what you call a major highway, for years and years and years. There are grave sites and graveyards and village areas where they used to camp in the summer or the winter. It’s prime wildlife habitat. It’s a good place to hunt. And now in the last hundred years or so, it’s become prime farmland. So, you know, there’s a lot to be lost there.”

 Take action – Be the change you want to see!

What else can I do to help?

Join us on our social media sites to stay informed and find out about many more initiatives, activities and events happening in support of our campaign:

  • Facebook: Peace Valley Environment Association
  • Twitter: @SavePeaceValley
  • Website: SaveBCfromSiteC.ca

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your steadfast support!

 

 

Wondering about what you can do to help stop Site C? Amnesty International has consolidated a number of actions, from letter and postcard writing to printing off a flood level sign and taking a picture of you and the sign with anything that can be used to symbolize history, culture, identity and subsistence, then sharing on Twitter and Instagram. Following is the link to the information provided below:

How can you stand up against Site C?

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 – 15:23

Join Amnesty International supporters around the world on International Human Rights Day for our global campaign Write for Rights, and protect Indigenous rights in the Peace River valley!

The proposed $8 billion plus Site C hydroelectric dam would flood more than 80 km of the river valley, stretching west from Fort St. John. The severe impact on Indigenous peoples is beyond dispute. A joint federal-province environmental impact assessment concluded that the dam would “severely undermine” use of the land, would make fishing unsafe for at least a generation, and would submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites.

Here are some ways you can stand with Indigenous peoples of the Peace River valley against the Site C dam:

1. Sign up for Write for Rights

Write a letter, change a life! This year the Peace River valley is being highlighted internationally by Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights event that takes place on or leading up to December 10th. Participants worldwide will be writing letters of solidarity to Indigenous peoples of the Peace River Valley, and calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respect Indigenous rights by saying no to the Site C dam. Use our letter-writing case sheet for Site C to guide your writing. You can write on your own or at a local event – or host your own letter-writing party!

Sign up for Write for Rights today!

2. Join the global Twitter Storm to Stop Site C on December 6th

Write for Rights participants from all over the world are sending tweets to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on December 6th. Join us!

3. Send a solidarity message or photograph

Rising Waters photo action:

Dramatize the impact of the Site C dam, and build empathy for the Indigenous peoples of the Peace Valley, by asking the question, what would it be like if our own homes, historic sites, and cultural icons were threatened with destruction. Local residents have posted signs up and down the valley to show how much land will be lost if the dam is completed.

Download this PDF to create your “flood level sign” and take photos in front of appropriate landmarks such as museums, cultural centers, farm fields – anything that can be used to symbolize history, culture, identity and subsistence. Then share your pictures on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #WithThePeaceRiver and #NoSiteC and text such as:

  • Imagine your history and culture washed away. #NoSiteC #WithThePeaceRiver
  • Imagine your home threatened with destruction. #NoSiteC #WithThePeaceRiver
  • What if everything you loved and valued was about to be washed away. #NoSiteC #WithThePeaceRiver

Your solidarity message with then appear on our solidary page: amnesty.ca/withthepeaceriver.

Lisa showing the impact on her community if the flooding proposed for the Peace River Valley took place in the Ottawa River Valley


Caitlin displaying the Write for Rights letter that she wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to respect Indigenous Rights

4. Give a Virtual Reality tour of the Peace River valley

Explore wrap-around panoramic photos and 360 videos which capture the view of standing on the shore by the Peace River. Find the images here.

Hosting a Write for Rights event? Order a FREE Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Viewer by December 1!

5. Sign and Share our Online Action

Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop ignoring the rights of Indigenous people and halt the Site C dam. TAKE ACTION NOW!

6. Send our ‘Keep the Promise” postcards to PM Trudeau

Ask fellow supporters to send Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a postcard urging him to respect Indigenous rights and stop the Site C dam. Order your “Keep the Promise” postcards here

7. Buy a stake in the future of the Peace River valley

Help support the First Nations legal battle against the Site C dam by buying a yellow stake with your name on it. Your stake will be planted on the third generation boon farm that BC hydro wants to expropriate before Christmas in order to flood for the Site C Dam. Buy a stake here.

 

See the press release regarding this action here:
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Dear Friends of the Peace,

Our campaign to protect the Peace River Valley from Site C dam continues to grow with more individuals and organizations branching out and launching activities all over the province!  Following is a list of initiatives for you to consider – hope you can get involved in some of them!

The Yellow Stakes Campaign:  (on-going)
We ALL have a STAKE in the FUTURE of the PEACE RIVER VALLEY!

  • Demonstrate your stake in the Peace River Valley by sponsoring a large, yellow, wooden stake which will be pounded into the ground by volunteers at Ken and Arlene Boon’s farm in the valley.
  • Stakes are $100 with 100% of proceeds going to support the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations’ legal challenges to protect the Peace River Valley.
  • Volunteers will write your name and home town/city on the stake
  • Next batch of stakes are scheduled to be pounded in on Tuesday, November 8th
  • Find more information on how to get your stake in the Peace at www.StakeinthePeace.ca

Host a Feast for the Peace (now till Dec 1st)

  • Help build awareness of the many issues of concern associated with Site C by hosting a small ‘Feast for the Peace’ in your home.
  • Bring family and friends together over good food, good companionship and meaningful discussion
  • Click here to register your feast. Once you’ve signed up Site C Events will sent you a detailed information package with facts, questions and suggested actions you can use to make your feast a success.

Take action at the BC Liberal Convention this week (Fri-Sun, Nov 4th – 6th) in Vancouver

  • Janette McIntosh is organizing opportunities to hand out leaflets and seek opportunities for discussion with BC Liberals as they congregate at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver this weekend.
  • Janette is asking people to come in conservative, professional attire and be prepared to interact with the Liberal members in a friendly and non-intrusive manner.
  • When:
    • Friday, Nov 4th 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Nov 5th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, Nov 6th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with likely collective action at 11:00 a.m.
    • Jannette will provide leaflets for you to hand out.If you have a banner or placard you would like to bring for the collective action on Sunday, please do so, but Janette will also provide some.
  • Where:  On each day, Janette will meet everyone at the Bayshore Drive Fountain, 1650 Bayshore Driver, Vancouver, across from The Westin Bayshore and Marina Square. Location on Google Maps here.  Janette can be contacted via email: janettem@telus.net.

Site C Keep the Peace Speaking Event on Quadra Island (Friday, Nov 4th)

  • The Peace Valley can provide fruits and vegetables for one million people – and abundant traditional harvests of bull trout, moose, berries and medicinal plants for the region’s First Nations. If the B.C. government is allowed to flood this land for the Site C dam, there will be serious environmental and economic implications for British Columbians. How can we support the people of the Peace Valley and stop Site C?
  • Who:
    • Speakers include Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
    • Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC and Raven Trust
    • Bob Peart, Sierra Club BC
  • Where:
    • Quadra Community Centre, 970 West Rd. Quathiaski Cove, BC

Additional Site C Keep the Peace Speaking Events:

Duncan November 6: facebook.com/events/277508039311472/

Prince George November 14: facebook.com/events/320355015014591/

Quesnel November 15: facebook.com/events/1817819258465155/

Williams Lake November 16: facebook.com/events/1800923640128103/

Hope you are able to make one or more of these events!

Please share these events with your friends who live in some of these locations.

It is in the best interests of all British Columbians to be well informed about the disastrous consequences of Site C not only from Indigenous and environmental perspectives but from economic perspectives as well.

Thank you for your support!

For the Peace,

                      

Andrea Morison                                Galen Armstrong                 Candace Batycki
Peace Valley Env. Assc.                    Sierra Club BC                     Yellowstone to Yukon Cons. Initiative

Hello All,
The AGM is being held in Fort St. John on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Where: Northern Lights College Room 154
When: 7:00 p.m.
The agenda will include:
Minutes
Financial Report
Update from the Coordinator
Directors
Initial discussion of some of the changes that we need to make to the Constitution and Bylaws
And other pertinent information
Refreshments will be served.
Bring a friend.
Memberships are due. One year-$10.00, Five years-$40.00 or Life time memberships $250.00.
I hope to see you there.
Ruth Ann Darnall, Chairperson
Peace Valley Environment Association

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National Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde will come to visit Treaty 8 territory in the precious Peace Valley threatened by the proposed Site C dam on Saturday, October 22nd 2016. Chief Bellegarde stands in solidarity with West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations against the massive project that will destroy over 330 archaeological site plus numerous cultural and grave sites.

Full press release on Chief Bellegarde’s visit here: 16-10-21-afn-on-nc-at-site-c-dam_fe-2

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Dear Friends of the Peace,

Please join us for evenings of inspiration, solidarity and action as we work to protect the Peace Valley from Site C with speaking events throughout the province as well as a Town Hall event in Vancouver.

Opposition to Site C is riding a huge wave of momentum. In September, Treaty 8 First Nations travelled across Canada to the Federal Appeals hearings in Montreal. As a result, Liberal MP Robert Falcon Ouellette from Winnipeg broke the party line and publicly called out Prime Minister Trudeau on allowing Site C to violate Treaty 8.

In October, a UNESCO mission spent 10 days in the Peace Athabasca Delta investigating the threat posed by Site C to the Peace Athabasca Delta, a World Heritage Site. The feds now have to face International scrutiny and repercussions if the Site C desecration is allowed to go ahead.

Now is the time to take the wave even higher. The Great Site C Road Show 2.0 is touring the Kootenays and the Cariboo, and stopping on Quadra Island. Please join us and learn about Treaty 8 First Nations and Peace valley farmers’ strong stand for the Peace, and how we can support them and stop Site C.

The Great Site C Road Show 2.0 includes:

  • Julian Napoleon of Saulteau First Nation, who is doing some amazing work with the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty on connecting farmland issues and indigenous food systems.
  • Sierra Club BC’s Ana Simeon and Galen Armstrong will bring us all up to speed with new opportunities to leverage international scrutiny of Site C to put pressure on the federal government.
  • Investigative reporter Ben Parfitt will unravel the finances and show the threat Site C poses to low- and middle-income families and jobs in mill towns through increases in BC Hydro rates.

October 26 – Argenta: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710127222642901/

October 27 – Kaslo: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070673246378776/

October 28 – Nelson: https://www.facebook.com/events/1773754909557102/

October 29 – Revelstoke: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593867990914943/

November 4 – Quadra Island: https://www.facebook.com/events/342089419475343/

November 15 – Quesnel: https://www.facebook.com/events/1817819258465155/

November 16 – Williams Lake: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800923640128103/

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Premier Clark’s $9 Billion Heist:  A Site C Megadam Town Hall

There’s a heist happening in the province, a 9 billion dollar heist, and it’s going on right under our noses! Even worse, the head bandit in charge of this whole scam was put in charge by tax payers. Christy Clark is taking us all for a ride, and she’s making a killing for her rich friends along the way. It’s up to all of us to stop her.

Join the Wilderness Committee and the Council of Canadians as we welcome guests Grand Chief Stewart Philip with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Emma Gilchrist with DeSmog Blog, Ben Parfitt with the Canadian Centre for Policiy Alternatives, and Morag Keegan-Henry of Fight C for an evening of myth busting and truth telling. These folks will be cutting to the chase, and you’ll leave with some knowledge and tools to help put an end to this boondoggle.

What: Site C Town Hall and Ally Mustering

When: Wednesday October 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre – Right by the Yaletown Canada Line Station.

Who: You and as many good people as you can round up to fight this mega-mistake with us!

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1779052065698166/?active_tab=about