They met in Vancouver during the hunger strike against the dam: Sage Birley and Kristin Henry meet again in the Peace River Valley some months later and discuss about resistance, activism, future and food sustainability. Kristin’s long hunger strike inspired a lot of people and took the battle right into the heart of Vancouver, in front of BC Hydro main office.
In this month’s episode of Trouble, anarchist media collective we interview a number of individuals from around the world who are helping to chart a course for the future based on living practices of solidarity and mutual aid, and who are invested in tearing down the physical and imaginary borders that seek to keep us divided.
Being a farmer in the Peace River region is not so easy, as thousands of gas wells near Fort St. John give highly paid jobs, but organic farming is still developing, thanks to the strength and resistance of people like Richard Birley and his family.
David Conway of BC Hydro and Ana Simeon of Sierra Club BC explain pro and contra of a project that will cost around 9 billion dollars. The energy produced will help industries and gas and oil wells, while more than 5000 hectares of farmland and sacred sites will be flooded.
Arlene and Ken Boon will have to move from their house if Site C will be built: their garden is the proposed site for the reallocation of the highway that would be flooded, but they don’t stop fighting. “Once you stop fighting, you die, and we are not ready for that”.
Poul and Esther Pedersen have their fields and their horses right in front of the construction site of the dam and they remember when an helicopter took off from their land to take Chiefs and activists to the occupation camp on the other slope of the Peace River. But that camp had to be removed.
Every Summer since more than 10 years people gather on the Peace River for the Paddle for the Peace: settlers and First Nations, farmers and native people are fighting together to protect 83 km of valley.
Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee in Vancouver gives an overview of the proposed developments planned in northern British Columbia, from the fracking wells in Fort St. John to the gas refrigeration plants on the coast, from the Site C dam to the pipeline network.
Whilst the rest of France was trapped within the dilemma between capitalist Macron or fascist Le Pen, in the evening of presidential election night, anarchists, antifascists and anticapitalists gathered once again to protest with the slogan “No nation, no bosses, No Le Pen, no Macron”