<This screening is taking place on Lekwungen and Wsanec territories.>
Join us to watch this outstanding and urgent short film about the Lax Kw'alaams people who are defending their traditional territory Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) and the Flora Bank wild salmon habitat from the Petronas LNG project.
Discussion to follow the film, including up-to-the-minute updates on what is happening at Lelu and other frontlines in the struggle against colonial intensification. As part of that, we will hear from Mary Vickers of the Heiltsuk Nation.
Free or by donation. All funds raised go to the land defenders on Lax U'u'la.
- This is a crucial time to support Lelu Island in every way we can! On January 23rd, 2016, the nine allied tribes of Lax Kw'alaams signed the Lelu Island Declaration calling for protection of Lelu Island and Flora and Agnew Banks from corporate resource extraction for all time. The Declaration, also signed by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, MLAs Jennifer Rice, Doug Donaldson, and Robin Austin, and MP Nathan Cullen, came about in response to continued attempts by Petronas and its North American branch, Pacific Northwest LNG, to begin work on a liquified fracked gas facility at Lelu.
- The federal government released its Draft Environmental Assessment for the project on Feb.11 - in spite of its lack of authority on traditional, unceded indigenous territory. On March 11th, the 30-day comment period for the assessment will end, and the Government will release its final decision on the project by March 22. The company has said they are ready to begin construction immediately.
- In May 2015, the Lax Kw'allams people voted 100% NO to the LNG project, despite being offered $1.4 Billion from Petronas.
- Lax Kw'allams hereditary leaders have been occupying their territory since August to turn away contractors pushing the rejected project forward.
- Christy Clark is pushing hard to allow Petronas to build BC's first massive LNG facility. She has lashed out at the First Nations protecting their lands and waters, labellling them the "forces of no" and "rag tag".
- Filmmakers Tamo Campos and Farhan Umedaly have produced this timely documentary to share the voices of indigenous land defenders at Lelu Island. We hope you will come and help us honour those voices as well as build community towards stopping this colonial project.
This event is free to attend. It is also a fundraiser for the land defenders at Lelu, and we will be 'passing the hat' to help with costs in running the camp.
Bus tickets will be available, and vegan snacks will be served at both events.
Childcare is available upon request.
We ask that people attending please try to help us provide a scent-reduced space.
Harry Hickman Building, at UVic, and its washrooms can be accessed with a wheelchair.
WHO IS PUTTING ON THIS EVENT:
This event has been organized by some of the people who participate in an informal, relationship-based network called OUST Victoria. One of the people in the network is currently living at Lelu Island, and another is being paid to organize around this issue by the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. Please contact Seb Bonet (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or concerns about who is organizing this event or how it has been put together.