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Camp Cloud eviction deadline comes and goes as assistant fire chief pledges support for water protectors

Camp Cloud eviction deadline comes and goes as assistant fire chief pledges support for water protectors

(Water protector Johnny Lee retains watch atop Camp Cloud’s carver’s cabin Friday night. Photograph: Justin Brake/APTN) 

Justin Brake
APTN Information
It’s 6 a.m. and land protectors are already gathered across the sacred fire inside Camp Cloud on Burnaby Mountain.

Because the Metropolis of Burnaby’s 72-hour eviction discover expires, an elder shares a educating whereas round 30 water protectors pay attention intently, a few of them sipping their steaming cups of morning espresso.

Moments later George Manuel, son of the late Nationwide Indian Brotherhood and Secwepemc Chief George Manuel, shares a track.

On Saturday AM, as 6 a.m. deadline for @CityofBurnaby’s eviction discover to #CampCloud passes, George Manuel, son of late Nationwide Indian Brotherhood chief George Manuel, leads drum ceremony. Water protectors vow to face floor towards #TransMountain pipeline. #cdnpoli @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/MmifsGw8Bd

— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) July 21, 2018

Though there’s uncertainty over whether or not authorities will implement the town’s eviction discover, water protectors are calm and targeted.

Over the previous three days, they’ve repeatedly pledged to face their floor and proceed their struggle towards the Trans Mountain pipeline enlargement undertaking.

A number of of them are from numerous Coast Salish nations. Burnaby Mountain itself has been used for hundreds of years by the Musqueam, Squamish, Kwikwetlem and Tsleil-Waututh.

Kwitsel Tatel is Stó:lõ, and Camp Cloud’s courtroom monitor.

She tells passersby who cease to talk together with her that the Trans Mountain pipeline and Burnaby marine station are on “unceded Coast Salish territory,” and that the Metropolis of Burnaby doesn’t have jurisdiction to evict Indigenous people who find themselves standing on lands they by no means surrendered to Canada.

Burnaby’s eviction discover was delivered at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and cites constructing and zoning bylaw infractions.

Responding in an open letter on Sunday Camp Cloud revealed an open letter to the town saying Burnaby “can’t, in good religion, transfer ahead with enforcement of bylaws on Camp Cloud with out implementing the identical on Kinder Morgan.

“Your eviction notice ignores the health and environmental concerns of constructing a pipeline with the capacity to transport upwards of 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day.”

Whereas it issued the eviction discover, the Metropolis of Burnaby is on report as additionally opposing the Trans Mountain enlargement challenge.

Support from Burnaby Assistant Fire Chief

On Friday night water protectors acquired a tip that the Burnaby Fire Division might arrive within the morning to extinguish the camp’s sacred fire.

Once they referred to as the fire division to verify, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Kirk advised Tatel the firefighters “were instructed by Chief [Joe] Robertson months ago when the camp was first built not to put the fire out.”

Kirk was candid within the dialog, saying he agrees that “water is life,” and that “we all support you guys 100 per cent. Well, I do — I can’t speak for everybody,” he continued.

He stated “there’s no way that we would do that,” when requested if the fire division would attempt to put out the sacred fire.

“Even if I was told to do it I still might not do it,” he stated, acknowledging the likelihood he could possibly be suspended for talking out in support of the camp.

“I’m not up there but I’m so supportive of you guys for doing that. Hell, let’s face it, it’s easier to go home at the end of the day than stay in a camp, so you guys are making sacrifices.”

On Friday night Burnaby Assistant Fire Chief cleared hearsay the fire division would attempt to extinguish #CampCloud sacred fire Saturday AM, advised camp courtroom monitor Kwitsel Tatel he helps water protectors of their struggle towards #TransMountain pipeline. half @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/6yUAv8fozg

— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) July 21, 2018

Later within the dialog, Kirk provided to deliver the water protectors firewood and stated he’s “often thought to myself, there’s no way we could handle [an oil] spill — it would just ruin the coast for our lifetimes and who knows how long. It’s not worth it.”

“Not just an Indigenous issue”

If constructed the Trans Mountain pipeline enlargement will triple the prevailing pipeline’s carrying capability and transfer as much as 890,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Burnaby, the place it will then be shipped to overseas markets.

(Tsastilqualis of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation joined Camp Cloud on Friday. She informed APTN that “climate change and the poisoning of our waters [have] to stop, otherwise the future is bleak for our people”)

Indigenous individuals resisting the pipeline in unceded Coast Salish and Secwepemc territories, environmental and local weather motion teams, and the Treaty Alliance representing greater than 150 First Nations have all stated enlargement of the tar sands would velocity as much as the present trajectory towards catastrophic local weather change.

“This is not just an Indigenous issue, it’s a world issue and we all have to be concerned,” stated Tsastilqualis of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, who traveled to Burnaby from Victoria Friday to hitch the water protectors.

“What we’re seeing around us with climate change and the poisoning of our waters — it has to stop, otherwise the future is bleak for our people.”

Indigenous individuals rising up

Rose Henry, an educator from the Tla’amin Nation, additionally traveled from Victoria to hitch Camp Cloud.

Citing Idle No Extra and Standing Rock, she informed APTN Information “the awakening is happening,” and that Camp Cloud is “one of the most vital links” within the struggle towards Trans Mountain.

In the meantime, on unceded Secwepemc territory, Manuel’s niece Kanahus is main the Tiny Home Warriors resistance after the group of land defenders and water protectors established a small village on the sting of Blue River, B.C., subsequent to a proposed Trans Mountain enlargement challenge lodging complicated anticipated to deal with as much as 1,000 staff, principally males, if development in that area will get underway in response to schedule in September.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to get the pipeline constructed, however the undertaking faces quite a few courtroom challenges, together with a number of from First Nations who say they haven’t given their free, prior and knowledgeable consent.

“I want to know where the politicians are. They haven’t come and sat with us,” stated Henry, including she would additionally like to listen to from the 5 Meeting of First Nations (AFN) Nationwide Chief candidates as they arrive in Vancouver for the AFN election this week.

However even when political leaders don’t present up, Henry stated individuals are rising up and leaders will quickly be pressured to take heed to the grassroots individuals.

“Standing Rock north of the border is happening right now, on this mountain. And we’re ready and we’re willing to take a stand and say enough is enough,” she stated.

On Wednesday night time Ojibway artist Isaac Murdoch took to Fb stay from the Justice For Our Stolen Youngsters solidarity camp in Toronto to difficulty a name to motion.

“I don’t believe in cede and surrender, I don’t believe that all this land should belong to Canada. So get out there and start making your own camps. Get out there and start taking land back,” he stated.

In a subsequent interview with APTN the artist, whose artwork is featured on banners at Indigenous resistances throughout the nation, inspired individuals “to get out there and stand with Camp Cloud because we can’t afford to have oil reach international markets because that’s billions of barrels of oil that’s going to go into the atmosphere, so we need to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline.”

 Assembly with Metropolis of Burnaby deliberate for Monday

Camp Cloud spokesperson Elauna Boutwell advised APTN the water protectors have a gathering with Burnaby Metropolis Supervisor Lambert Chu at four:30 p.m. Monday, and that by then water protectors may have a collectively determined message and place they need to deliver to the town.

The Metropolis of Burnaby couldn’t be reached for remark earlier than publication.

Manuel stated he hopes the assembly brings a “peaceful resolution,” calling the Metropolis’s issuance of an eviction discover to Indigenous individuals on their very own lands “vindictive”.

He hopes the “proper authorities step in, those parties being the federal government which has the fiduciary duties to uphold to our people and throughout unceded territories, throughout Mother Earth, throughout Turtle Island.”

Ryan Black of Janvier, Alberta is Dene. He traveled to Camp Cloud for “the future”.

“It’s not us that’s going to suffer — it’s our kids and our kids’ kids who are going to look back and say how wasteful we were, how could we let this happen? It’s not going to last forever, this oil. We don’t need all this shit.”

jbrake@aptn.ca

@justinbrakenews

 





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