“This is unceded Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish territory, but this pipeline itself goes across so many Nations’ unceded and treaty territory,” said Tawahum. “We have to stand up for those rights, especially if we’re not from here and reaping the benefits of being uninvited guests, we have to make sure that they have their rights intact.”
Laurie Embree was sentenced to 7 days in jail for blocking the gates to stop construction at Kinder Morgan’s oil tanker terminal, the first Protector to risk jail time. She was released Saturday August 4.
“I am sorry if at times we have appeared to be angry. You see, these things are urgent. Last year my first grandchild was born. He arrived during the swirling smoke storm of summer, caused by the unprecedented wildfires in the woods and dry scrub in the interior, yet another terrifying manifestation of our rapidly changing climate. For almost a week he couldn’t go out into the world. “