Target: Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
Goal: Immediately stop the construction of dam that will destroy wildlife habitat, farmland, and homes.
BC Hydro is building a needlessly destructive dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. The Site C dam has received the go-ahead from the BC government despite directly violating long-standing treaties between the local First Nations and the Canadian government and will flood 107 kilometers of the Peace River Valley. Not only will the dam flood irreplaceable wildlife habitat, high-quality farmland, and homes, but it will destroy indigenous burial grounds, hunting lands, and fishing waters, thereby jeopardizing their food sovereignty. This irreversible damage is unjustified, especially since BC Hydro’s own reports show that the province meets current energy demands.
The 8-billion-dollar project is not for taxpayers, but rather to provide the oil, gas, and mining industries cheap energy. Not only have they already significantly damaged the area, but the Peace River already holds two large dams, both which have negative impacts on the environment around them.
Regardless of the federal and provincial Joint Review Panel’s declaration that the project would cause irreversible damage to local First Nations, fish, and wildlife populations, both the BC and Canadian governments have granted environmental assessment approval. The dam will devastate land that has sustained First Nations people with food and cultural sustenance since time immemorial; it will ruin one of the most significant wildlife corridors in North America; and it will drown some of the best agricultural land, old growth boreal forests, and critical ungulate habitat in BC.
The Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land, an activist group of local First Nations, landowners, and supporters from across BC, halted construction on a section of the project for 62 days, but was issued an injunction on February 29, 2016. Even though Treaty 8 members have every right to resist construction that violates their Treaty 8 agreement, the Stewards left in peace to avoid persecution. The people, wildlife, and land of the Peace River Valley have the right to a just and thorough legal process.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Premier of British Columbia to immediately stop the construction of Site C dam in order to properly consult Treaty 8 First Nations and reconsider such a reckless and damaging approach to Site C dam construction.
Dear Premier Clark,
Construction of the Site C dam must be halted immediately. The BC Hydro project directly violates Treaty 8 rights, will flood Indigenous burial grounds, hunting and fishing lands, as well as culturally significant sites, and seriously jeopardize food sovereignty in the area. The dam will flood 107 kilometers of homes, irreplaceable wildlife habitat, and high-quality agricultural land.
The damage produced by the dam is unnecessary. An assessment done by BC Hydro stated that they already meet current energy demands in British Columbia. Such devastating loss is not justified.
I urge you to pause Site C construction in order to adequately consult Treaty 8 First Nations and consider the environmental assessments made by the Joint Review Panel. Please take actions to approach this issue with proper legal attention and care.
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