Indigenous Resistance to Energy East: Panel Discussion

Indigenous communities are leading the resistance against tar sands expansion, fracking, and other reckless forms of resource development. With Big Oil's push to ship tar sands crude east, many of these efforts have been directed at stopping the proposed Energy East Pipeline.

At over 4000 km long, Energy East would be the largest pipeline ever built and would carry over 1 million barrels of oil per day from the tar sands to an export terminal in St. John. Along the way, the pipeline would cross hundreds of waterways, putting many communities' drinking water sources at high risk for contamination. Furthermore, the National review process for the pipeline refuses to account for climate change in their assessment of the pipeline.

This panel will be an opportunity to hear from different indigenous leaders from along the proposed Energy East Pipeline route, why they're taking action to stop it, and how frontline resistance can be supported by settler and indigenous peoples.

The panel will include:

Judy DaSilva an internationally recognized Indigenous rights and environmental justice activist from Grassy Narrows First Nation in Treaty 3 territory, Ontario. Judy and the Treaty 3 Anishinaabe Woman's council have been organizing in treaty 3 to stop the proposed energy east pipeline from going thru their sacred lands. She brings decades of experience from her peoples fight against clear cut logging and mercury contamination in her territory.

Ron Tremblay "People who live in our ancestral lands must realize that this is our homeland and it has never been surrendered. Our Peace and Friendship Treaties protect our rights and nobody has the power to exploit or destroy them.

We have nowhere else to go… our ancestors are deeply rooted in this land. We are the Wolastoqewiyik, the People of the Beautiful River.”

Shelley A. Young (Mi'kmaq) is a member of Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation who is heavily involved in the anti-fracking movement in Elsipogtog, N.B. Shelley has remained on the front-lines and raised over $20,000 to help the Elsipogtog warriors legal costs and protest camp site. Shelley was also involved in a high-profile fast to push Indian Act leadership in Mi'kma'ki to halt Treaty Negotiations with the federal and provincial government. She organized numerous Climate Change campaigns, sat on panels and conducted workshops at nearly every major university in the East Coast. She was recognized as a “Peace & Social Justice Leader” by the Ecology Action Centre and was chosen as a “Millenial Leader” in Nova Scotia for her activism in water protection, Aboriginal rights awareness, and environmental preservation.

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, Clayton is an organizer with, the Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute and a founder and organizer with Defenders of the Land. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement globally for energy and climate justice. He serves on the boards of Black Mesa Water Coalition, the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Bioneers. He is also a steering committee member of the Tar Sands Solutions Network.

Clayton has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States and as a “Climate Hero 2009” by Yes Magazine. For the last twelve years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands. Clayton is an organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on environmental and economic justice.

This event will take place in Ondaatje Hall, in the McCain Building at Dalhousie University. All are welcome. Admission is free.

February 23, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
Dalhousie McCain Building
6135 University Ave
Halifax, NS B3H 4P9
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