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


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:

October 27 – Kaslo:

October 28 – Nelson:

October 29 – Revelstoke:

November 4 – Quadra Island:

November 15 – Quesnel:

November 16 – Williams Lake:


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:


By Dustin Perry & Feet Banks    Photos: Garth Lenz

Pitting farmers and food security against industry jobs, heritage against so-called clean energy, the
proposed Site C dam may become British Columbia’s most costly environmental battle.

As day breaks and fog peels from the waters of northeastern British Columbia’s Peace River, Ken and Arleen Boon look out over their third-generation farm and wonder how long its productive soils will continue to feed them. With construction already surrounding them, BC Hydro’s Site C hydroelectric dam jeopardizes not only their farm, but some 83 kilometres of this agriculturally important valley. It isn’t the first time the Boons’ land has been threatened: thirty years ago, Arlene’s grandfather chased BC Hydro off with a shotgun in
hand, firmly refusing to sell. Now it’s Groundhog Day: Hydro again wants the Boons out, and they again refuse to leave.

Humans are a pretty diverse and opinionated species, so it’s naïve to expect everyone to agree on an issue as large as an $8.8 billion dam. Proponents shout about jobs in the construction and energy sectors, inflating their case with calls for future energy security and new heavy industry; detractors like the Boons point not only to loss of agricultural land, but indigenous rights, widespread environmental damage, degradation of fish and wildlife habitat, dubious exemptions from regulations, and, perhaps most bafflingly, a demonstrable
lack of need for the project. But as opinions clash and lawsuits fly on the largest megaproject in British Columbia’s long and checkered history of land-changing megaprojects, there’s at least one thing both sides have in common—we’ve all gotta eat…

“Genocide, the physical extinction of a people, is universally condemned, but ethnocide, the destruction of people’s way of life, is not only not condemned, it’s universally celebrated as part of a development strategy.” —Canadian anthropologist, author and explorer, Wade Davis

Read full article, including beautiful photos of the valley and the people who live in it here:


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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon-3

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 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.

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!🙂


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 ( 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

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!


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.