Yesterday was The 250-year Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763; a perfect time for Idle No More to continue to shed light on former and present day issues. Hundreds of people gathered at the Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver to listen to speakers voice their concerns. I was very proud when I saw my Uncle Eddie Gardner take the mic and talk about the salmon fish farms in our BC waters and encourage everyone to join him in Duncan to protest. We are of Sto:lo ancestry which means we are children of the salmon and "people of the river". We have a connection to the salmon that needs to be protected. Fish farms are killing our wild salmon, please visit Salmon are Sacred o learn more and find out what you can do to save our salmon.
Chief Dan Wallace also spoke about rising up and not being scared to stand our ground and fight for our rights. You can hear his speech here on youtube. Dan also spoke about Brenda Sayaers of the Hupacasath First Nations and her fight to stop FIPA. FIPA, the Canada-China Foreign Investment Protection Agreement wouldallow foreign corporations to sue the Canadian government in secret tribunals, restricting Canadians from making democratic decisions about our economy, environment and energy.
The Hupacasath First Nations needs financial help in this court battle and I am pitching in to help by donating $5 from Idle No More shirt I sell to the Hupacasath First Nations. Please Learn more about FIPA here, buy my Idle No More shirt and share what you learn with friends, family and everyone with open ears. Together can change this.