‘Site C’ hunger-striker condemns Christy Clark’

“British Columbia Premier Christy Clark “will have blood on her hands” if she continues to move forward with the Site C Dam, said protester Kristin Henry on the 19th day of her hunger strike against the controversial hydroelectric project.

“She uttered the words only hours before her hospitalization late Thursday evening, when the 24-year-old’s heart rate dropped to “concerning levels”, according to her protest’s Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Hunger-Strike-for-the-Peace-River-Valley-STOP-SITE-C-1678467482391444/

“Henry has survived only on water, tea, and vegetable broth since March 13. She admitted to feeling exhausted, dizzy, and light-headed, speaking with ‘National Observer’ earlier that day.Site'C'HungerStriker“Construction of the $8.8-billion “clean energy” dam started last summer on the Peace River of northeastern B.C., a river that flows right through the heart of ‘Treaty 8 Territory’ {formerly} belonging to the Doig River, Halfway River, Prophet River and West Moberly ‘First Nations’ {‘Nations’ with a total population of 1,035 people}. Upon completion, it will produce enough power to light up roughly 450,000 B.C. homes per year, but its reservoir is expected to destroy more than 100 kilometres of river valley bottoms along the Peace River and its tributaries.

“These ‘First Nations’ say it would flood their burial grounds and other culturally important sites, and disrupt vital hunting and fishing activities.

“I don’t plan on living in a world that has the Site C Dam in it” {!}, Henry said from her encampment outside BC Hydro’s office in downtown Vancouver. “I’m hopeful the government will come and engage with me because I think it would show a lot about the society we’re living in if they don’t.” {Yes, because you’re so important and special…? Unbelievable…}

“Beyond a short conversation with the CEO on Day 3 of her hunger strike, Henry said BC Hydro has ignored the presence of the campers on their doorstep. The company did not respond to National Observer’s request for comment in time for publication of this story, but in a Wednesday news release, said:

“Site C will provide clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity in B.C. for more than 100 years.”

“…Henry explained,

“I think it’s pretty disgusting that they’re doing irreversible damage to {former} ‘Treaty 8 territory’ while the legality is still being challenged.” {She needs to read the Treaty. See below…}

 

“I’m sick of putting my health on the line to fight our government to do what’s right for us, not industry”, she explained, clutching her water bottle tightly. “The world can go in two directions — they can work with us, respect us, work with nature and we can have a bright future, or they can oppress us and destroy the environment.

 

“I think Site C is kind of this point — they can make that decision and go one way or another.”

‘Green Party’ leader Elizabeth May at the protesters' camp outside BC Hydro on Fri. April 1, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey
‘Green Party’ leader Elizabeth May at the protesters’ camp outside BC Hydro on Fri. April 1, 2016. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey

“Green Party leader Elizabeth May applauded Henry’s bravery but encouraged her to heed the advice of her doctors on her health… She said Kristen is needed alive and well in the fight against the “disastrous” Site C project…

“It’s not too late to stop it”, said May, speaking with protesters outside the BC Hydro building. “That’s why I’m grateful to Kristen and all of you here for making the point that it’s not too late.”

“The Green Party leader said the riparian zones can still be repaired and the clearcut trees can still grow back. Provincial and federal permits have already been issued for the dam, but more federal permits are required under the new Liberal government to make it a fully operational project.

“May joined protesters in Vancouver in calling on the prime minister not to issue a single one of them, lest he break one of his most vital election promises:

“Activities that are treaty-protected will be violated”, she explained…
{Wrong. She needs to read the Treaty. See below…}

–‘Site C’ hunger-striker condemns Christy Clark hours before hospitalization’,
Elizabeth McSheffrey, National Observer, April 1st 2016

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/04/01/news/site-c-hunger-striker-condemns-christy-clark-hours-hospitalization 

'Site C' protester Kristin Henry. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey
‘Site C’ protester Kristin Henry. Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey

“…let the world know that if this project goes through, Christy Clarke, BC hydro and everyone else contributing to the destruction of the Peace River Valley will have blood on their hands — because it’s not fucking happening while I’m alive. I will sit here and starve until this madness is stopped. Because we NEED clean air, land and water to live — but we do NOT need site C!

“The Treaty 8 have lived in the Peace River Valley since time immemorial. They have said no to this project. I strike in solidarity with them, and their right to live their traditional way of life, for generations to come.”

https://www.facebook.com/kristin.henry.161?ref=br_rs 

A federal government map showing the boundaries of Treaty 8 -- Photo By Government of Canada
A federal government map showing the boundaries of Treaty 8 — Photo By Government of Canada

‘Treaty 8’, like most of the Treaties, allows the resident Indians to hunt and fish on their “traditional lands” AS LONG AS THE AREA IS NOT NEEDED FOR DEVELOPMENT. WHEN DEVELOPMENT HAPPENS, COMPENSATION IS PROVIDED IF THE DEVELOPMENT USES RESERVE LAND; HOWEVER, THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER TO DEVELOP DOES NOT BELONG TO THE INDIANS — OR THE COURTS.

Here are the relevant sections from ‘Treaty 8’:

“…the said Indians DO HEREBY CEDE, RELEASE, SURRENDER AND YIELD UP TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA, for Her Majesty the Queen and Her successors FOR EVER, ALL THEIR RIGHTS, TITLES AND PRIVILEGES WHATSOEVER, TO THE LANDS…

 

“And Her Majesty the Queen hereby agrees with the said Indians that they shall have right to pursue their usual vocations of hunting, trapping and fishing throughout the tract surrendered as heretofore described, subject to such regulations as may from time to time be made by the Government of the country, acting under the authority of Her Majesty, and SAVING AND EXCEPTING SUCH TRACTS AS MAY BE REQUIRED OR TAKEN UP FROM TIME TO TIME FOR SETTLEMENT, MINING, LUMBERING, TRADING OR OTHER PURPOSES…

 

“It is further agreed between Her Majesty and Her said Indian subjects that such PORTIONS OF THE RESERVES and lands above indicated as may at any time be required for public works, buildings, railways, or roads {or dams} of whatsoever nature may be appropriated for that purpose by Her Majesty’s Government of the Dominion of Canada, DUE COMPENSATION BEING MADE TO THE INDIANS for the value of any improvements thereon, and an equivalent in land, money or other consideration FOR THE AREA OF THE RESERVE {NOT ‘traditional territory’} SO APPROPRIATED…

 

“And the undersigned Cree, Beaver, Chipewyan and other Indian Chiefs and Headmen, on their own behalf and on behalf of all the Indians whom they represent, DO HEREBY SOLEMNLY PROMISE and engage to strictly observe this Treaty, and also to conduct and behave themselves as good and loyal subjects of Her Majesty the Queen.

 

“THEY PROMISE AND ENGAGE THAT THEY WILL, IN ALL RESPECTS, OBEY AND ABIDE BY THE LAW {so, no civil disobedience…}; that they will maintain peace between each other, and between themselves and other tribes of Indians, and between themselves and others of Her Majesty’s subjects, whether Indians, half-breeds or whites, this year inhabiting and hereafter to inhabit any part of the said ceded territory; and that THEY WILL NOT MOLEST THE PERSON OR PROPERTY OF ANY INHABITANT of such ceded tract, or of any other district or country, OR INTERFERE WITH OR TROUBLE ANY PERSON PASSING OR TRAVELLING THROUGH the said tract or any part thereof, and that they will assist the officers of Her Majesty in bringing to justice and punishment any Indian offending against the stipulations of this Treaty or infringing the law in force in the country so ceded…”
{CAPS added…}

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