By Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley Campaigner
When we started working on the Site C dam, it was for mostly BC-centric reasons. BC Hydro ratepayers would have to foot the multi-billion dollar bill for an unnecessary megadam. BC residents would be essentially losing the Peace River Valley, and losing the benefit of the food grown there. As Canadians, we would be violating Treaty 8, which guarantees the rights of Treaty 8 First Nations to use the land – rights which can’t be exercised when the land is flooded.
The list of problems with Site C goes on and on – and like the mighty Peace River, it doesn’t stop in BC. The Peace’s headwaters are in BC’s Rocky Mountains, fed by the Finlay River, Halfway River, Parsnip River and other tributaries as it flows eastward and northward into Alberta.
Having worked with the Mikisew Cree First Nation to initiate a UNESCO mission to Wood Buffalo National Park and the Peace-Athabasca Delta within it, our campaign to protect BC’s Peace River inevitably moved beyond the BC border.
With Canada refusing to assess Site C’s impact on the Delta, we decided to return – this time with photographer Louis Bockner – to capture photographs of this huge, internationally significant delta.
The Narwhal also sent reporter Judith Lavoie along on the mission to report on the story. We met with Indigenous elders in and around the delta.
Judith put together a rich series with these stunning photos and video footage to draw attention to Canada’s failure to protect its largest national park. Please check it out here:
Where is the action to save Wood Buffalo National Park? – June 27, 2018
You can also find and share Louis’ stunning photos on our Facebook album.
In addition, here are a few snapshots I took along the way:
Feature image by Louis Bockner