The world is in ecological and social crisis. Now is the time to walk the talk on climate change, Indigenous rights and local democracy – before it’s too late.
We’re calling on defenders of this coast, its people, and the climate and our local democracy to join us on the Walk 4 the Salish Sea! – a four day march against Tar Sands, Kinder Morgan and all fossil fuel expansion in the absence of social licence, Indigenous consent, and ecological balance.
From May 25th-28th, we will march from Songhees territory in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal on Tsleil-Waututh territory in Burnaby to show our support for and solidarity with the 22 municipalities, 59 First Nations and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion.
The mobilization will include large marine wildlife puppets, roaming bank actions, evening programs, info workshops, ceremony, reconciliation/talking circles, a rally aboard BC Ferries, and nightly entertainment. The Walk will end with a Freedom Festival featuring mass civil-disobedience teach-ins right at the gates of the Kinder-Morgan Terminal. Accommodations and communal dinners will be provided for registered participants.
Allies are encouraged to make the entire journey or to join for any portion of the walk they can. Participants are welcome to walk, run, bike, roller-blade, skateboard, paddle or use wheelchairs – any human-powered, ecologically-sound mode of transportation is welcome.
1) Respect for Indigenous laws and rights:
Without free, prior, and informed consent, government approval for pipeline/tanker expansion is a violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, section 35 of the Canadian constitution on Aboriginal Rights and Title, Douglas Treaty rights, the inherent sovereignty of Indigenous nations, and principles of Indigenous laws that require Indigenous leaders to be ecological stewards of their lands. Consent means the ability to say “no”. We stand against any development which does not have the consent of the sovereign Indigenous nations on whose territory it occurs.
2) Climate leaders don’t expand fossil fuel infrastructure:
It makes no sense to fight climate change while increasing infrastructure for some of the planet’s dirtiest oil! We call on the federal and provincial governments to abandon fossil fuel expansion and immediately invest in clean energy infrastructure and job creation that curbs greenhouse gas emissions, not increases them.
3) Water is life:
The risks to rivers, salmon habitat, drinking watersheds, the coast, surrounding communities and local economies from inevitable spills are not acceptable. A massive bitumen spill in the Salish Sea or anywhere en route, traversing thousands of salmon and orca supporting habitats from Alberta to the coast of BC, cannot be cleaned up, ever! It is simply not worth the risk. In fact, even without catastrophic spills, increased tanker traffic causes underwater noise pollution which interferes with sonar and threatens the endangered southern resident orca population. Most importantly, the fossil fuels these tankers carry will speed the acidification of our oceans and threaten countless species.
The Walk for the Salish Sea is organized entirely by volunteers from Victoria, Vancouver and the surrounding regions. Contact Us to find out how you can get involved!
Our Partner Organizations include: the Social Environmental Alliance (SEA) Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), Coast Protectors, Pull Together ( Raven Trust, Sierra Club BC, Force of Nature Alliance) Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) Greenpeace (Victoria volunteer group), Leap-Victoria, Victoria Council of Canadians, Turning the Tide, KAIROS, BC/Yukon chapter, KAIROS Metro Vancouver chapter, Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace Canada, North Shore No Pipeline Expansion (NSNOPE), Non-violence International Canada, Climate Convergence Vancouver, Georgia Strait Alliance, Quaker Indigenous Rights Committee of the Canadian Friends Service Committee (QIRC-CFSC), Mining Justice Committee, Ladner United Church, Grandview Cavalry Baptist Church, and the Community Action Bus.