As the final rally of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! wound down at Westridge park, four walkers carried out an independent direct action. In an attempt to amplify the message of our Walk, they chained themselves to the gates of the Westridge terminal. Their message to Kinder Morgan: no matter how legal challenges or elections go, the people and First Nations of B.C. simply will not let their pipeline get built.
Inspired by their experience walking and by the peaceful but defiant leadership of Gordon August, Paul Wagner and Audrey Siegl, the walkers took a stand for indigenous sovereignty and ecological responsibility.
Together with a group of supporters from the Walk and well-wishers from the local community, they stayed by that gate until the police cut their locks and carried them off 23 hours later. As they were lifted into waiting police cruisers, the activists promised that similar actions, marches and rallies will continue until the Kinder Morgan pipeline is stopped and indigenous sovereignty recognized.
All four for were released on the spot shortly thereafter and have safely removed home.
Here’s what these activists had to say: