14 August 2018, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC): Four Water Protectors have been arrested and will likely face jail time after demonstrating against the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project today.
Tawahum Lutsel K’e, a 25-year-old from Dene and Plains Cree Nations, said that he took action today to protect the water for the next seven generations.
“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.”
Tawahum was arrested alongside Avery Shannon and two other Protectors today. The youth leaders were joined at the gates by Joanne Manley, an 85-year-old from Victoria, who came today to support. All four Protectors arrested today could face time in jail.
Several other Protectors were in court today being handed jail sentences.
Ruth Campbell, a retired civil lawyer from the BC Attorney General’s Office, was arrested on August 1st. This morning, she was sentenced to a 7 day jail term in BC Supreme Court. She is the fifth Protector to be handed a 7 day jail sentence over the past several weeks. She will serve her sentence on weekends.
Tomorrow, August 15th, more Protectors will face a sentence of 7 days in jail, including Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson and former BC Teachers’ Federation President Susan Lambert.