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Join the Circle: Say No to Site C

Landowners and First Nations in BC’s Peace River Valley continue to fight in court to stop the construction of the Site C Dam.

As Treaty 8 First Nations in northeastern British Columbia (B.C.) step up their court battle to stop the government-approved Site C Dam project, you now have a chance to help them succeed.

The Council of Canadians and RAVEN Trust have set up a new fundraising website, called Join the Circle, to support legal costs of First Nations and landowners in court actions against Site C.

The Treaty 8 First Nations have been engaged for years in the struggle to defend their rights and territories from the threat of the Site C Dam, which would flood thousands of hectares of prime farmland, irreplaceable cultural sites and wildlife habitat.

As stewards of their ancestral homeland and with entrenched legal and constitutional rights, First Nations could rightly turn the tide against this expensive and destructive industrial project.

Treaty 8 First Nations gather along the Peace River to protest the Site C Dam. Photo: Damien Gillis.

Preserving the remaining ecological integrity of the Peace River Valley is critical to Y2Y, since the region constitutes the narrowest section of the Yellowstone to Yukon landscape—an area already strained by extensive industrial development that threatens wildlife habitat and connectivity.

That fact was highlighted in an earlier Y2Y-commissioned report from biologist Clayton Apps, which was presented to the Site C Joint Review Panel before the project was approved.

“Industrial development has already severely constrained the ability of grizzly bears, caribou and other large mammals to live in the Peace region," said Y2Y Interim President Wendy Francis. "Site C will make the problem worse, and some sensitive species like wolverine could disappear entirely from the region.”

On July 11, as First Nations and landowners geared up for their hearings, hundreds of supporters turned out for the 10th annual Paddle for the Peace.

Featuring David Suzuki as guest speaker and impassioned talks from West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson and others, it was the largest and most successful Paddle yet. As participants floated along in canoes, kayaks and other watercraft, the event was as much a celebration of the beautiful Peace River, as it was an urgent protest against Site C.

The 2015 Paddle for the Peace was the most successful one yet. Photo: Paddle for the Peace.