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September 2022- MARCH AND RALLY TO PROTECT STONEY CREEK FROM THE NEW TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE AND CELEBRATE WATCH HOUSE ELDER JIM LEYDEN'S 70th BIRTHDAY
xwməθkwəy̓ə m (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territories/ Burnaby, BC - The revived salmon-bearing Stoney Creek in Burnaby is slated to be crossed by the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) Project. On Saturday, September 17, 2022, several groups rallied to protect this beloved spot, and to kick-off a fall offensive aimed at halting the TMX project and expansion of the Alberta tar sands. Speakers at the rally included Anjali Appadurai, NDP Leadership Candidate and Climate Champion, Squamish Elder Robert Nahanne and Indigenous salmon teacher, Tim Henry.
June 2022- PEOPLE GATHERED AT A RALLY TO SPEAK UP AGAINST THE SENTENCING OF DR. TIM TAKARO FOR PROTESTING AGAINST THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE EXPANSION.
On June 13 - 14th, Physician, public health expert, and Simon Fraser University health sciences professor emeritus Tim Takaro, 65, was sentenced today to 30 days in jail by BC Supreme Court Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick. Takaro was promptly handcuffed and taken into custody in a courtroom packed with supporters.
Takaro was arrested in November 2021 while engaged in a tree-sit along the Brunette River in Burnaby, protesting construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) and the clear-cutting of trees in the area. Takaro's sentencing hearing was preceded by a press conference and lively rally in his support.
MAY 2022- MANY PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE LOWER MAINLAND JOINED TOGETHER TO HUG BURNBY MOUNTAIN AS THEY STOOD TOGETHER AGAINST THE TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PIPELINE PROJECT.
APRIL 2022- THE EARTH DAY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR TMX WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL AT THE TANK FARM
FALL / WINTER 2021-22 -FRIDAY'S FOR FUTURE WEEKLY FRIDAY RALLYS TO HIGHLIGHT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PIPELINE LESS THAN 100 METERS FROM A SCHOOL
FEB 2022- VALENTINE'S DAY RALLY AT COURTHOUSE TO SUPPORT BRUNETTE RIVER 6
On February 14th, three of the Brunette River 6 peaceful protesters arrested for standing up for the climate and slowing the progress of the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline went to court to get sentenced. A rally was held at the courthouse to support the members of the Brunette Rive 6. The three other people went to court the next day. For more information about the arrests and the people sentenced to jail see Protests and Arrests.
THE LAND AND THE WATER
In August of 2020, the Protect the Planet resistance to Trans Mountain (TM) began at Holmes Creek in Burnaby, with a 'portaledge' hung up high in magnificent cottonwood trees. A support camp sprang up, and shortly afterwards the original treehouse began to be built. Thanks to the amazing skills of Timothee Govare and his many dedicated assistants, including the climbing crew of Amanda and Kurtis, this beautiful structure was built to protect the delicate Brunette riparian zone. Sadly, in early December 2020, it was raided and all that remains is barbed wire, security fences, guards, and motion detectors to keep out the local citizens who only want to protect their salmon streams and valuable watersheds.
A short time after the raid, a new tree camp was established at Lost Creek, just 500 m further down the pipeline route. It is visible from the Trans Canada Highway and from the Brunette Greenway. This tree sit was occupied 24/7 for more than 9 months. This action was very effective in blocking pipeline construction. On September 07, 2021, TM laid siege to the Lost Creek tree sits, fencing off the entire area. Our climbers immediately ascended more trees and set up ‘Sky Pods’, which are tree hammocks high above the ground directly in the way of TMX tree clearing. Three weeks later, an RCMP tactical climbing team used a large bucket truck to move in and remove the skypods and tree platforms.
TMX poses a direct threat to the Brunette watershed as it crosses through Coquitlam and Burnaby. Heavy machinery, fencing, cameras and security have taken over this area with seemingly little regard for the irreparable damage being done.
Check out Get Involved to see how you might take part.
Our collective action against TMX has taken many forms. However, whether it is building and occupying tree platforms directly on the pipeline route, multi-faith prayer circles at construction worksites, locking onto heavy machinery, or documenting and reporting Trans Mountain environmental, safety and health violations, our actions are centred upon a deep love and gratitude for these sacred lands and waterways. Our actions are peaceful, respectful, and highly effective. Please join us!
ALSO we'd like to amplify the actions of the Indigenous Youth action group: Braided Warriors
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