Idle No More drummers take message to protect the Salish Seas to the mall.
BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Indigenous grassroots defenders and allies gathered at Burnaby’s Metrotown Mall, just east of Vancouver, to deliver a message about protecting the sacred waters of the Salish Seas. Globalized industries such as open net farming and oil exports are both a clear, present and future danger to the aquatic life on the coast. It not only affects the food supply of this generation but for many ahead.
Many people who live in Vancouver have a common misunderstanding of the traditional territory they reside on, as well as the culture of protection that has allowed all of us to live amongst natural beauty that is rivaled around the world.
Protecting the Salish Seas from expanded tankers and pipelines is critical, and those on the West Coast who live near where the rivers meet the ocean stand in solidarity with all defenders from the Tar Sands to the coast. In Burnaby we stood in solidarity with the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust whose belief that protecting the Salish Seas from increased tanker traffic and expanded pipelines is critical. (http://twnsacredtrust.ca/)
There was representation from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people, drummers, and artists expressed expressed themselves and encouraged people to participate in the culture of protection and resistance and to do their own research.
Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the WC Native News. Used with permission.
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