Democracy North: Site C, Treaty Rights, Witness For the Peace, Sarah Cox, Gordon Christie, Rita Wong

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03:00 PROGRAM STARTS with today’s host: Irwin Oostindie @DutchPhoto

MUSIC ON THE SHOW – Buckman Coe – Tied to your Fate and Luke Wallace’s song Peace Valley Forever


Interview: Sarah Cox, Author, Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand against Big Hydro

Starting in 2013, Sarah Cox travelled to the Peace Valley to talk to locals about what was really at stake. This powerful work of advocacy journalism reveals the dam’s true costs from the perspective of those trying to stop the wholesale destruction of their land and their way of life. In frank and moving prose, Cox weaves the personal stories of expropriated farmers such as Ken and Arlene Boon and First Nations leaders such as Roland Willson into a stunning exposé of Big Hydro and its power to erode our land, our rights, and our ability to embrace (and afford) alternative clean energy sources.

This modern-day David-and-Goliath story stands as a much-needed cautionary tale during an era when concerns about global warming have helped justify a renaissance of environmentally irresponsible hydro megaprojects around the world.

Read Sarah’s interview with The Tyee.


INTERVIEW: Rita Wong with the Witness For Peace – website – www.witnessforthepeace.ca — Legal and Indigenous solidarity fronts. “to monitor and expose government actions before the courts in this crucial test case for the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights.”

 

Sage Legal supporting the legal fight against Site C: On January 15, 2018, the Prophet River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations filed Notices of Civil Claim alleging that the Site C hydroelectric dam, together with the two previous dams on the Peace River, infringe their constitutionally entrenched rights under Treaty 8. The relief sought is  a permanent injunction to prevent completion of the Site C dam. Check out legal documents from Sage Legal https://www.sagelegal.ca/civil-claim-test/


AUDIO: Gordon Christie, Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC, discusses why it is important all Canadians be concerned about how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments interact with Treaty 8 territory (which includes Site C), and how historic treaties function – and should function – in the modern world. Hear the full audio from his UBC talk.


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