By Galen Armstrong, Peace Valley Campaigner & Volunteer Coordinator
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, it doesn’t stop in BC. The Peace River’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 the 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 there, 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 this month, to report on the story of the Delta. Together, we interviewed Indigenous Elders in and around the Delta. Stay tuned on The Narwhal’s website for forthcoming stories, photos and video from the trip!
Until then, here are a few snapshots I took along the way:
I can’t wait for you to see Louis’ photos and video and read Judith Lavoie’s articles! Stay tuned to our website and The Narwhal. Until then, take action on our website here: https://sierraclub.bc.ca/stop-site-c/
Feature image by Katie Wheatley