8 August 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC): Faith leaders and water protectors Emilie Smith and Steve Heinrichs were led away from the BC Supreme Court in handcuffs this morning after being sentenced to seven days in jail. They were arrested at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal on April 20, a site of ongoing construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.
Reverend Emilie Smith is the parish priest at St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster. She was the first person arrested on April 20. Both she and former Mennonite pastor Steve Heinrichs were part of a multi-faith blockade at the pipeline company’s marine tanker terminal on T’sleil-wat (Burrard Inlet) in Metro Vancouver.
Smith and Heinrichs will serve 7 consecutive days in jail. Smith will be held at the Alouette Women’s Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge, and Heinrichs will be held at North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam.
Supporters raised their fists in solidarity as Smith and Heinrichs were led from the courtroom this morning. Four people have now been jailed for opposing the pipeline and tanker project.
On Wednesday, August 15th, four more water protectors will face a sentence of seven days in jail, including Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson and former BC Teachers’ Federation President Susan Lambert.