FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Univercity Town Square
Join us on September 24th at 4:30pm for a demonstration against the TMX-pipeline. This pipeline is a threat to the environment, student safety and Indigenous sovereignity. Come to the demonstration and listen to activists who are advocating against the pipeline at Burnaby Mountain. Learn about the threats students will face once the new tanks at the Burnaby Tank farm become operational. On this global climate day of action, put pressure on SFU to demand a stop to the TMX-pipeline expansion.
4:30PM – 5:00PM: Speakers (TBD) at UniverCity Town Square
5:00PM – end: Walk through Convocation Mall to University Dr and Gaglardi Way intersection
We will end our demonstration with an optional sharing circle at the Watch House.
Bring buckets of water to express the fire threat caused by the tank farms!
We will keep the walk as accessible as possible. Please let us or the volunteers at the event know if you have concerns. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see here for the COVID-protocols at the event (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oSeahEmnard6XqIylrCJeDDHnmIX6OF2/view?usp=sharing).
Over the past couple of years, experts have been raising concerns about the safety risks of having a tank farm for the Trans Mountain Pipeline on Burnaby Mountain, which puts SFU students in danger. If there were to be a fire at the tank farm, it would burn for two and a half hours before the necessary personnel and equipment could get there to control the fire (https://www.burnabynow.com/amp/local-news/burnaby-fire-chief-calls-on-feds-for-funds-to-address-trans-mountain-safety-concerns-3529868). As SFU’s chief safety officer addressed in 2018, it is possible that this fire could completely block the roads to campus, and the trails down from campus cannot act as viable escape routes (https://the-peak.ca/2018/07/forum-raises-concern-tank-farm-poses-catastrophic-risk/). According to that same report, the plan would be to shelter in place in the event of such a fire, which of course would still subject students to health and safety risks (as the fire would rise up towards SFU), most significantly impacting students with existing health conditions or accessibility needs.
This event takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.