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The Site C dam fight: what keeps me going

By Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley Campaigner

March 2, 2017

Working for change can be tough. Last night I was on the phone with a hard-working volunteer, and she was feeling the pain underlying our mission to stop the Site C dam before the flooding begins, which is set to start in 2022.

Galen with photographer Louis Bockner (credit) and Peace Valley farmers Ken and Arlene Boon.

We were preparing to make outreach phone calls to new volunteers to ask them to join us at a weekly canvass. During a canvass, we talk to strangers on the street and tell them what a huge mistake the Site C dam is, and that it will impact each of us financially via our hydro bills—especially if we don’t cut our losses and stop it.

Last night, this volunteer wanted to talk about the grief she was feeling as she thought about the families who are literally facing the loss of their homes. The land of farmers Ken and Arlene Boon has already been expropriated, though they are allowed to remain in their farmhouse until May—just two months from now.

So we talked about it. We recognized that there’s a lot of grief in all of this. I can’t imagine how it must feel for the Boons, or for Yvonne Tupper or Julian Napoleon or other members of First Nations living near the Peace River Valley. We each have our own experience of what’s happening, and what could happen.

Last fall when I visited the Peace, I met a couple named Caroline and Derek, and their three boys. Recently, Caroline sent me this video of their oldest son, 12-year-old Xavier, who is facing the fact that his family’s home, which sits right next to the Peace River, will be lost if the dam isn’t stopped.

It’s important to recognize how hard this all is. For me, thinking of the people who are most directly facing the consequences of the Site C dam is what motivates me to keep going. Even when they’re people I haven’t met.

It’s not the only thing that motivates me—there is also the loss of species and ecosystems, the loss of culture, the loss of heritage, the loss of prime agricultural land, the impact on British Columbians everywhere who struggle to pay their bills—but these faces and their stories hit me in a uniquely visceral way.

The Beam family. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Even if it sometimes feels like the odds are stacked against us, I know what we are doing makes a difference, and I know it’s possible to stop the dam. I remember when the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline was approved by the federal government, and still it was stopped. It can be the same with the Site C dam.

So we took a little time last night to discuss those hard feelings, and then we got back to work. We called new potential volunteers. Some weren’t home. Some said “sorry, I can’t help.” And some said they would be there to join us on Monday, on Thursday, on Saturday.

I want to encourage everyone to take time to feel those hard feelings, and reach out for support when you need it. Then let’s shift that pain and sadness into anger and action. Let’s have it motivate us to work even harder to make a difference.

We need people to help make phone calls, to write letters to the editor, and to join us in the streets. Sign up to join our team of canvassers and volunteers—if we all do our part, we can not only stop the dam, we can stop the pain and suffering of families in the Peace Valley.

Please take action to stop the dam by sending a letter to the federal government and consider making a donation to Sierra Club BC. If you want to get more involved, you can always send me an email.

Thank you for everything you’ve already done, and that you’re doing now. It matters.

B.C. budget offers 1950s thinking in response to 2017’s challenges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21, 2017

Sierra Club BC released the following statement from communications director Tim Pearson in response to the release of the 2017 B.C. Budget:

“This budget offers 1950s thinking in response to 2017’s challenges.

“It’s a budget blind to the need to transform our economy away from fossil fuels. It’s a budget blind to the potential jobs and prosperity that can be created with a realistic road map to a post-carbon economy. And it’s a budget that shows no meaningful commitment to climate action.

“Where are the investments in the affordable, renewable energy alternatives and innovation that will power our economy and provide jobs now and far into the future? Nowhere.

“Instead, we get support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tankers project, increased fracking and the Site C megadam—a boondoggle that will subsidize fossil fuel exploitation and drive ever increasing Hydro bills for decades to come.

“Every million dollars invested in fossil fuels generates two jobs. That same million dollars would deliver 15 jobs via renewable energy projects.

“If we want a thriving economy and good, green, family-supporting jobs, we need a budget that will drive a shift to a sustainable, post-carbon economy.

“We need affordable, climate-friendly energy sources that will create jobs in communities throughout B.C. and drive innovation in clean technology.

“We need a genuine commitment to forest health, not the re-announcement of last year’s reforestation funding and no real plan for how our forests will aid in climate action.

“For years, this government has treated the environment and climate change as an afterthought. This budget is no exception.

“It’s a blindness that will hurt our economy and rob us of jobs, as other jurisdictions leave us behind in innovation, as the market for fossil fuels evaporates and as British Columbians are left to pay down mountains of debt.”

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Contact:
Tim Pearson
Director of Communications, Sierra Club BC
(250) 896-1556
tim@sierraclub.bc.ca

BC communities say no to Site C Dam

By Galen Armstrong

December 1, 2016

Momentum is heating up across the province on Site C – and we’ve been tapping into it like never before with our Great Site C Roadshow.

In the span of just one month, eleven Site C awareness events were held in communities across British Columbia. From the Kootenays to the Cariboo, from the Okanagan to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, hundreds of citizens turned out to learn how we can work together to stop Site C Dam.

I want to thank every person who showed up, volunteered, spoke, donated, organized, and promoted these events in your community. I’d also like to thank our local partners including Yellowstone2Yukon Initiative, the Council of Canadians – Duncan Chapter, and the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance.

We are inspired by this show of solidarity for Treaty 8 First Nations who are fighting the dam in court and for the farmers who are facing eviction from their lands. This dam is far from being past the point of no return, and we are energized by the knowledge that so many are standing together to stop Site C. In fact, over 70% of British Columbians now say they want construction paused for an independent review and investigation of alternatives.

Here are some of our favourite highlights from the Great Site C Roadshow.

Credit Louis Bockner

Louis Bockner showing a photography slideshow

In Nelson, Argenta and Kaslo, photographer Louis Bockner and I shared stories and photos from our recent trip to the Peace Valley. Major thanks to these communities for helping us raise over $3,000 for Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal challenges to the dam!

Credit Monica Lamb-Yorski

Credit Monica Lamb-Yorski

In Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George, Sierra Club BC’s Ana Simeon shared a panel with Yvonne Tupper of the Saulteau First Nation and Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Yvonne spoke of the importance of protecting Treaty 8 territory while Ben explained the disastrous bills that B.C. ratepayers will be faced with should the project proceed.

Julian Napoleon of Saulteau First Nation

Julian Napoleon

I would like to say a special thanks to Julian Napoleon of the Saulteau First Nation and the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Julian spoke passionately at six events across the province on the importance of protecting traditional territories and food systems.

Briony Penn speaking on Site C

Briony Penn speaking on Site C

Just last night, I spoke at an event on Salt Spring Island with author Briony Penn. Briony spoke about the impact of dams on people, flora and fauna. She also said that there should be an inquiry into government coercion of First Nations decision making processes.

It’s not too late to stop Site C. We’re building a plan to focus international attention on Ottawa to stop the dam and to make Site C a provincial election issue. Please chip in today to help us win.

Thank you.

Feature image by Louis Bockner.

Journey to the Peace Valley

By Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley Campaigner

November 2, 2016

About a month ago, I was asked to take up the mantle of Sierra Club BC’s Peace Valley Campaigner with the big goal of stopping the Site C dam (alongside many allies). The first thing I wanted to do was visit the Peace River Valley—to see it for myself for the first time, and to meet the people who have worked the longest and hardest to stop the incredibly foolish megadam proposal.

So I made a few arrangements and soon I was on the road. After a two-day drive through fall colours, I was in the spectacular Peace River Valley.

Yvonne Tupper of Saulteau First Nation. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Yvonne Tupper of Saulteau First Nation. Photo by Louis Bockner.

I spent a week in the area meeting First Nations and other community members, farmers and fellow activists. At the end of each day my mind was overflowing with information and I felt ever more disgusted that this project was even able to make it past the idea phase.

I met with Yvonne Tupper, a member of Saulteau First Nation. She welcomed me onto her Nation’s land and invited me to fish with her on Moberly Lake. West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are fighting Site C in court, and we are fundraising to support their efforts to assert their rights, which should be protected by Treaty 8.

Site C dam construction camp. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Site C dam construction camp. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Local pilot Bob Fedderly took me on a flyover of the Site C dam worksite. The white structure in the upper-right of the photo is the $470 million work camp. What we saw is ugly, but it’s far from being a dam. They’ve done some logging, they’ve built the camp, and they’ve brought in machinery. But, as many locals monitoring the project reminded us, it’s nowhere near the “point of no return.”

Site C dam construction. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Site C dam construction. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Fedderly, who has watched the project slowly creep along, explained that the excavators we saw below were struggling day after day to secure slipping and eroding silt banks. It’s obviously an uphill battle. Landslides have been occurring on an increasingly frequent basis in the area over the past two years, sending toxic heavy metals into the river and putting nearby homes at risk. Many residents are worried that the dam will further destabilize the area.

This beautiful topsoil is much better suited for growing food. Agrologist Wendy Holm estimates that the Peace River Valley, which is rare Class-1 farmland (the best), could grow enough food to feed over one million people. But not if the valley is flooded, of course.

Arlene and Ken Boon with Stakes for the Peace. Photo by Louis Bockner.

Arlene and Ken Boon with stakes for the Peace. Photo by Louis Bockner.

I spent the week at the farm of Ken and Arlene Boon. The Boons were given the deadline of October 31, 2016 to reach an agreement with BC Hydro to sell their land and allow a new highway to pass directly through their farm and farmhouse. For now, they are fundraising for the First Nations legal challenge to Site C. They are offering to drive a yellow stake with your name on it into their front yard for every $100 donated. Learn more and plant a stake!

There are many more stories to share from my trip to the Peace Valley. I gave presentations in the Kootenays, where we raised $3000 for the legal challenges. Thank you Argenta, Kaslo, Nelson and Revelstoke! All the photos in this blog were taken by my travel buddy Louis Bockner, and you can see more on his Facebook page.

Please help Louis and I to take our photos, stories and Site C-stopping strategy across the province. We need the entire province to know what’s going on and demand the project be stopped. It’s not too late, but it is urgent!

If you would like to organize an event, contact me at galen@sierraclub.bc.ca. Donations are appreciated – in fact, we can’t travel without them. Learn more, sign our petition and please donate today to help us stop this dam project.

– Galen Armstrong, Sierra Club BC Peace Valley Campaigner

The Great Site C Roadshow

The Great Site C Roadshow is on tour with eleven stops across B.C.!

Please join us in your town for a gathering full of inspiration, solidarity and action for the Peace Valley. Learn why Treaty 8 First Nations and Peace Valley farmers are standing strong for the Peace, and how we can support them to stop Site C. Speakers from the Saulteau First Nation and from Sierra Club BC will be joined along the way by a roster of inspiring advocates for the Peace Valley.

October 26 – Argenta  7:00PM (6:30 silent auction)
Argenta Community Hall  Facebook event
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Galen Armstrong, Sierra Club BC
Louis Bockner, Photographer

October 27 – Kaslo  7:00PM (6:30 silent auction)
The Langham, 447 A Ave.  Facebook event
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Galen Armstrong, Sierra Club BC
Louis Bockner, Photographer

October 28 – Nelson  6:00PM
Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St.  Facebook event
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Galen Armstrong & Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC
Candace Batycki, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

October 29 – Revelstoke  6:30PM
Okanagan Regional Library, 605 Campbell Ave.  Facebook event
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC

November 4 – Quadra Island  7:00PM
Quadra Community Centre, 970 West Rd.  Facebook event
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC
Bob Peart, Executive Director, Sierra Club BC

November 6 – Duncan  1:30PM
Somenos Room, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St.  Facebook event
Hosted by Council of Canadians, Cowichan Chapter
Julian Napoleon, Saulteau First Nation and Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

November 14 – Prince George  6:30PM
Room 7-212, UNBC, 3333 University Way  Facebook event
Hosted by Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance
Yvonne Tupper, Saulteau First Nation
Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC
Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

November 15 – Quesnel  7:00PM
St. John the Divine Anglican Church Parish Hall, 465 Kinchant St.  Facebook event
Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC
Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

November 16 – Williams Lake  7:00PM
Room 1261, Thompson Rivers University, 1250 Western Ave.  Facebook event
Ana Simeon, Sierra Club BC
Ben Parfitt, Resource Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

November 26 – Kelowna 6:00PM
Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna, 1310 Bertram St. Facebook event
Hosted by Feast for the Peace and Community Forum
Ken Boon, President Peace Valley Landowners Association (Via live video link )
Wendy Holm, Agrologist
Louis Bockner, Photographer

November 30 – Salt Spring Island 7:00PM
Salt Spring Island Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave. Facebook event
Briony Penn, Author
Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley Campaigner, Sierra Club BC

 

Opposition to Site C is riding a huge wave of momentum. In September, Treaty 8 First Nations traveled across Canada to the federal appeal hearings in Montreal. As a result, Winnipeg Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette broke the party line, publicly calling out Prime Minister Trudeau for allowing Site C to violate Treaty 8.

Photo by Louis Bockner

Photo by Louis Bockner

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

And the environmental destruction is only becoming more apparent. Scientists have discovered rare and vulnerable species in the dam flood zone that were missed in BC Hydro’s environmental assessment of the project. BC Hydro has applied for a licence that will allow it to demolish protected old-growth forest, migratory bird habitat and a rare wetland in the Peace Valley.

Harry Swain, who chaired the joint review panel on Site C, recently spoke out against Site C, calling it a very big and expensive mistake. In this video he explains why we don’t need Site C power.

Now is the time to take this wave even higher. Please donate today and join us in the fight to stop Site C.

UNESCO in the Peace: Shining an international light on Site C

October 7, 2016

The eyes of the world were focused on Site C this week as UNESCO visited the Peace River Valley. The international agency was there to investigate how Site C endangers a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Wood Buffalo National Park.

There is still time to stop the Site C Dam, and Sierra Club BC is fighting it with every tool at our disposal. We initiated the process that led to the UNESCO decision to send a delegation to investigate the impacts of Site C.

On October 3, Sierra Club BC campaigner Ana Simeon joined the Mikisew Cree, many prominent scholars and environmental organizations from BC and Alberta, and national groups in Edmonton during the 10-day UNESCO mission. Together, they held the undivided attention of the delegation for nearly four hours as they spoke out about the destructive impacts of Site C and tar sands development on Wood Buffalo National Park.

Peace River. Photo by Larry Peterson.

Peace River. Photo by Larry Peterson.

The Mikisew Cree are highly concerned about the growing threats posed by development to water levels in the Peace-Athabasca Delta, the world’s largest inland freshwater delta. The area provides critical habitat for fish, moose, bison, and migratory birds including the endangered whooping crane. The Mikisew Cree have depended on this area for their livelihoods for millennia. They have asked the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to list the World Heritage Site as “In Danger.”

Presentations and submissions by Ana Simeon, Candace Batycki of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and the Peace Valley Environment Association covered every angle on Site C – including the violations of First Nations’ rights, the impacts happening right now in the Peace valley, and the drying of the Peace Athabasca Delta. In the face of the federal government’s lack of vigour in protecting Aboriginal rights and the environment, we called for the mission to deliver a wake-up call that international obligations must be respected.

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Action to protect the valley. Photo courtesy of Peace Valley Environment Association.

Ana Simeon told the delegates, “We believe Canada needs support in maintaining a strong and principled course on respect for Aboriginal and Treaty rights as well as international treaties and international law. We believe this support would be best delivered by the international community in the form of ‘tough love.’ This ‘tough love’ includes declaring Wood Buffalo National Park a World Heritage Site in Danger, as well as calling for an immediate halt to Site C construction until First Nations legal challenges have been heard and a full inquiry has been conducted into treaty rights violations.”

What happens next?

The mission will release its report in six weeks, and Canada will need to respond within six months. Based on the mission report, the World Heritage Committee will make a decision next July, which may or may not include the finding that Wood Buffalo National Park is a World Heritage Site in danger. We need your help in calling on our federal government to act to protect Wood Buffalo National Park.

Please, send a letter help protect this special region from further devastation. If you want to do more, consider making a donation today to support Sierra Club BC. We rely on contributions from supporters like you to keep up the fight. Thank you!

Feature image: Flickr Creative Commons.

Petronas, fracking and Site C: the connection

The links between Petronas, fracking and Site C are becoming clear—and the news is troubling for taxpayers and our climate. British Columbians will be subsidizing the fracking industry through the construction of the Site C megadam.

Respecting aboriginal rights fiscally smart

By Site C Campaigner Ana Simeon

Published in the 100 Mile Free Press

August 11, 2016

By signing permits to allow continued Site C dam construction last week, federal fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc took a step that is seriously at odds with everything the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government has said and done since October 18.

Yes, the federal government has been keeping a low profile on Site C and other controversies likely to land them in hot water with the provinces.

But now, for the first time, Minister LeBlanc’s move is a proactive step in violation of explicit commitments.

“No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.”

The above paragraph figures prominently in the mandate letter of every minister in the Trudeau government.

There are a number of things the Cabinet could have done to honour this “sacred obligation,” as the Prime Minister put it, with regard to Site C.

The feds could have withdrawn their opposition to the First Nations legal challenges to Site C.

They could have hit “pause” on construction permits and conducted a full audit of how Site C dam would impact treaty rights – a step that was skipped under former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, as federal lawyers have admitted in court.

Instead, Minister LeBlanc has aligned himself with Premier Christy Clark’s indecent haste to get the project “past the point of no return,” aboriginal opposition be dammed.

Build first, worry about court judgments later is a mantra we have come to expect of the B.C. Premier.

It doesn’t sit well with the “sunny ways” we were promised by Ottawa back in October.

Maybe, as Grand Chief Stewart Phillip quipped last week, the honeymoon is over.

If the permits were issued with the full knowledge and consent of Cabinet, and are not just a matter of the wheels of bureaucracy turning on their own (the actual signature on the document line is that of a senior bureaucrat), then the federal government will find that breaking their most solemn promises will carry a hefty price – and not just a political one.

Site C bears an eerie resemblance to Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls project, the latest hydro dam to go bellyup in debt. Like Site C, Muskrat Falls was exempted from a regulatory review that would examine its financial viability and the public interest. Like Site C, a negative federal review was soundly ignored. The (new) Premier of Newfoundland is calling it a “boondoggle” and asking for a $4-billion handout from Trudeau.

If the feds don’t smarten up, they will find themselves bailing out another dam white elephant. When it comes to Site C, keeping promises to First Nations is also the fiscally prudent thing to do.

Featured image by Larry Petersen.

Letter to Minister LeBlanc regarding Site C permit approval

Dear Minister LeBlanc,

Thank you for your invitation to meet with you and the other ENGOs working on marine issues next week. We appreciate the opportunity to share our concerns and hear your perspective on the next steps needed to protect the health and productivity of marine ecosystems.

As you may know, Sierra Club BC has a long-standing interest in marine conservation. For many years our organization was an active member of the Marine Protected Areas caucus. Our pioneering work on Blue Carbon, conducted by Dr. Colin Campbell, highlights the potential of estuarine and saltmarsh habitats to function as highly efficient carbon sinks. We continue to advocate for protection of Blue Carbon as a key plank of Canada’s strategy to mitigate climate change.

Right now, our focus is strongly on preventing severe and permanent ecosystem impacts from the proposed Site C dam to a number of aquatic species in the Peace River. The Site C dam would also interfere with ice jam formation and spring flows into the Peace Athabasca Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important carbon sink in its own right.

On July 28, we were shocked and saddened to learn that DFO has issued permits for continued construction of the Site C dam, despite strong opposition by Treaty 8 First Nations, multiple court challenges, and an unprecedented Statement of Concern from over 350 scientists and the Royal Academy of Canada, who unanimously called on the federal government to revisit the Order in Council approving Site C, and to suspend the issuance of further permits pursuant to the Order in Council until it has completed an analysis of the project’s impact on Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

As you are aware, the Joint Review Panel on Site C found that Site C would cause significant adverse effects to fish and fish habitat, and significant cumulative adverse effects to fish. DFO anticipates the extirpation of the Arctic Grayling and a near-extirpation of Peace River Mountain Whitefish (loss of 90 percent of population). While BC Hydro proposes to mitigate effects on Bull Trout, a species of special concern under COSEWIC, by means of fish ladders, similar at-tempts in other jurisdictions have met with scant success to date due to Bull Trout’s reluctance to use man-made structures. The release of methylmercury from decaying vegetation, and its bioaccumulation in Bull Trout is also of concern, given the cultural importance of this species to Treaty 8 First Nations. Contamination of the remaining Bull Trout in the Peace watershed with methylmercury would severely and permanently undermine First Nations uses of the land.

Regarding Site C’s impact on the Peace Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park, the prima-facie scientific evidence, presented to the World Heritage Committee by the Mikiseew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations, was sufficient to trigger a UNESCO Mission to Canada to investigate these impacts. The ecological health of the PAD is supported by a complex interaction between the Athabasca River, the Peace River, the Birch River, and Lake Athabasca. Pending the completion of the Mission, the UNESCO Heritage Committee has requested that Canada refrain from proceeding with any project that would cause irreversible damage. Approving continued construction of Site C is contrary to Canada’s international obligation to protect the Peace Athabasca Delta and Wood Buffalo National Park from adverse effects of upstream development.

We respectfully request that you respond to the following questions:

1. How do you, as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and a member of the federal Cabinet, plan to redress the burning First Nations issues arising from the approvals given so far to Site C, which are at odds with the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with, and legal obligations to, First Nations?

2. How do you, as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and a member of the federal Cabinet, plan to comply with Canada’s international obligations to protect the Peace Athabasca Delta, a World Heritage Site?

We thank you for your urgent attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Bob Peart, Executive Director

Sierra Club BC

Site C Betrayal

Federal government sides against First Nations, science, endangered species, food security

The federal government’s approval of construction permits for the $9 billion Site C megaproject is a cowardly betrayal, says Sierra Club BC.

“The federal government’s decision is an affront to First Nations and to the scientific work that proves Site C is the most destructive project ever reviewed in Canadian history,” said Sierra Club BC’s Peace Valley campaigner Ana Simeon. “Prime Minister Trudeau has said honouring First Nations rights is a ‘sacred obligation’ not an inconvenience. But this decision is a profanity that clearly views those rights as nothing more than an inconvenience to be swept aside.

“The same goes for science: yesterday’s decision continues the previous government’s appalling practice of suppressing and ignoring inconvenient findings. This is a cowardly decision and a betrayal of the principles the federal government has claimed it wants to restore to Ottawa: respect for First Nations rights and science-based decision making.”

The B.C. government will shortly reveal its climate plan, which is expected to announce plans to electrify any LNG plants that are built. This will make Site C a climate disaster, enabling the export of massive emissions to Asia.

“We all share the same atmosphere and whether LNG is burned here or overseas it will have the same catastrophic effects on our climate,” said Simeon. “Ottawa will soon announce its decision whether or not to approve the Petronas plant in Prince Rupert. It’s another watershed moment for Trudeau. In combination, greenlighting Site C and Petronas would be a crime against our climate and against Canada’s second largest salmon run.

“This is not the end of the fight. Donate now so that Sierra Club BC can pursue all possible peaceful, legal avenues to stop Site C.”