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Treaty 8 First Nations Justice for the Peace Caravan Rolls Across Canada

Caravan wants Prime Minister Trudeau to keep his promises to First Nations and Stop Site C dam.

September 6, 2016

Caravan Wants Prime Minister Trudeau to Keep His Promises to First Nations; Stop Site C Dam

On September 12, the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal will hear the latest legal challenge to the massive Site C hydroelectric dam already under construction on Treaty 8 territory in northeast British Columbia. First Nations community members from Treaty 8 are traveling by bus across Canada to focus attention of the importance of this case to the rights of all treaty nations and to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised new relationship with First Nations. The bus left Fort St. John on Labour Day.

The Justice for the Peace caravan is endorsed by the Assembly of First Nations British Columbia, the First Nations Leadership Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is proud to support Treaty 8 in their opposition to Site C, given the many adverse environmental, social, climate and economic impacts of the dam.

Upcoming Stops:

Sept 6, 6:00 pm, Saskatoon: Public event in Victoria Park, including welcome, prayers, “Rainbow Friendship Round Dance.”

Sept 8, 6:00 pm, Winnipeg: “Meet Me at the Bell Tower” Public Event at Indigenous Family Centre, 470 Selkirk Avenue.

Sept 9, 5:00 pm, Thunder Bay: Welcome by local supporters, location TBD.

Sept 12, 8:00 am, Montreal: Peaceful Rally at Federal Court of Appeal, 30 McGill Street. Drumming and ceremony, welcoming by First Nations elders and leaders, speakers from Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations leadership. Court proceedings begin 9:30.

Sept 13, 10:30 am, Ottawa: Rally on Parliament Hill to mark the anniversary of UN adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Welcome to the Algonquin Natoin by Claudette Commanda. Drumming and round dance. Statements by caravan participants and supporting organizations. Group photo with solidarity messages, petitions, postcards and other demonstrations of national support for Treaty 8.

Sept 13, 11:00 am, Ottawa: Press Conference, Charles Lynch Press Room, Centre Block, Parliament Building. Chief Roland Willson plus supporters.

Sept 13, 1:00 pm, Ottawa: Public panel at University of Ottawa: “Keeping the Promise: Treaty Rights, the UN Declaration and the Site C Dam.” Includes live webcast. Speakers include Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nations (TBC); Allisun Rana, Rana Law; William David, Assembly of First Nations; plus additional expert speakers on the UN Declaration and Treaty rights.

Additional events and details will be added: see www.facebook.com/justiceforthepeacecaravan


For further comment, contact:
Candace Batycki, Y2Y Program Director - British Columbia and Yukon
250-719-9614 | candace@y2y.net

The following individuals are available for interview throughout the journey:
• Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nations, 250-783-0733
• Chief Lynette Tsakoza, Prophet River First Nation, 250-775-1124
• Helen Knott, spokesperson for the Caravan, 250-280-2277
• Yvonne Tupper, spokesperson for the Caravan, 250-874-0079