The marvel of nature and industry in Kitimat is something the mayor would like to believe in at all costs: the town with the aluminum smelter has approved the lng industries to come to town, but still wants to be known for its landscapes and outdoor activities.
There is a kind of tourist paradise in the Kispiox Valley, but it’s also for local kids: they can learn how to behave in the wilderness, they ride a horse, they get into the water, they get familiar with the river and the current, so that the adults of tomorrow will defend it.
In Honduras, the most dangerous country in the world to be a land defender, Berta Cáceres’ death has not silenced the many campesinxs fighting for justice and Indigenous Sovereignty. They mourn Berta’s assassination with powerful chants of “Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied!”
Yvonne Lattie of the Gitxsan has been fighting for decades against governments and their projects of developments: blockades, strikes, court cases, she has been active in many ways to defend the land and the future. That’s the aim of the cabin at Maxhla Didaat Lake.
The alliance between “white” people and First Nations to defend the Skeena River is something real, it’s not a promise that can be broken. Shannon McPhail of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition works with residents: “Together we can protect the river that is our economy, our nature, our traditional food”. And if gas pipelines go through, all salmon and fish is at risk.
Families stop for a coffee or a soup during the berry season; hunters pass through and leave something for the community: at Madii Lii camp everyone is welcome to take part in the activities organized for children and young people, because this spot on the Suskwa River is becoming a kind of school in the traditional territory of the Gitxsan.
They have moved to the shores of the Morice River to stop Enbridge tar sands pipeline and now they are staying in the bush because this is their traditional territory, “this is our home”: fighting against the gas pipelines that will take natural gas to the plants on the coast, Freda Huson and Dini Ze Smogelgem of the Unist’ot’en are also building a healing center for young people.
Treaties signed with the Crown are not respected, that’s why Blueberry First Nation is suing the Province and the Federal Government for “accumulative impact” of resource extraction. This is the first time ever that such a case arrives to be discussed in court.
With already two dams and thousands of gas wells, the territory around the West Moberly Lake is no longer available for traditional activities: First Nations can no longer practice their culture and are living in a new form of segregation.