Secwépemc Solidarity Rally, Vancouver
Defending Water Protectors Struggling Against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX)
Tuesday, February 21
Vancouver Law Courts – 800 Hornby Street
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/876376016963992
Join us on February 21st to support water protectors being sentenced in Kamloops. The solidarity rally will be at the Vancouver Law Courts, and will be directly communication with the Kamloops rally.
From 9-9:45, we will watch the livestream from Kamloops and hear from the courageous people facing the colonial court system. Once the livestream ends and the defendants enter the Kamloops court, we will hear from local speakers and sing songs together.
Please come prepared for all weather!
In December 2022, Judge Fitzpatrick found all eight accused guilty of Criminal Contempt of Court, over two years after they were arrested in October 2020 on unceded Secwepemc’ulew. Those found guilty include Hereditary Chief Saw Ses, Secwepemc Matriarchs Miranda Dick and April Thomas, Nlaka’pamux land protector Billie Pierre and four settler supporters; Romilly Cavanaugh, Heather Lamoureux, Susan Bibbings and Laura Zadorozny. The Crown Prosecutor Neil Wiberg is seeking 1- 6 months of jail time for sovereign Secwepemc people and their supporters for taking part in ceremonies on their ancestral lands. We are witnessing genocide in action.
Hereditary chiefs and matriarchs remain unwavering in their commitment to protecting their territories, saying they won’t back down to “Canada” and its illegal jurisdiction under Secwépemc laws.
“Canada” is breaking ancient Secwépemc law – not the other way around – by building a pipeline through the nation’s homelands.
Donations to support the water protectors: https://gofund.me/1a07b7d9
Rally supported by: Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver and Protect the Planet! Stop TMX!
Climate Convergence organizes on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.