Land is Life: Indigenous Defenders Speak!

Join us for this great event!

Monday December 16th
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Event begins at 6:30 pm
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 East 1st Ave (just east of
Commercial Drive). Unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
(Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories.

On Monday December 16th, join us in a powerful panel to hear about ongoing
frontline struggles by these communities to protect their lands, to assert
their nationhood, and to defend their ways of life. These communities have
all been asserting and exercising traditional governance, laws, and
jurisdiction and have taken up courageous actions to stop mining, oil
and/or gas development in their territories.

Organized by No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories,
Streams of Justice, Council of Canadians and allies.

Accessibility info: There will be snacks. This is a child-friendly event.
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church’s kitchen’s entrance is at street level,
which gives access to washrooms, kitchen and lower hall. One washroom has
a stall that can accommodate a wheelchair.The washroom door opening is
86cm, and the stall door is 61 cm. For more information call 778 885 0040
or email


* MEL BAZIL: Of both Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en origin, Mel is involved in
his peoples’ history, as a learner and passionate cultural resurgent. He
is also a part of the grassroots Lhe Lin Liyin. Combining a healer and a
warrior concept, the Lhe Lin Liyin are ‘The Guardians”. Lhe Lin Liyin
develop concepts to share among receptive neighboring nations and allies
who face common and connected threats of unwanted development.

* FREDA HUSON: spokesperson of the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en.
The Unis’tot’en are taking action to protect their lands from Lions Gate
Metals at Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and have also built a cabin and
resistance camp in the pathways of approximately seven proposed oil and
fracked gas pipelines.

* ARTHUR MANUEL: Arthur Manuel is a spokesperson for the Indigenous
Network on Economies and Trade and Defenders of the Land network. Manuel
has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian government’s agenda
to “extinguish” Aboriginal and Treaty rights and assimilate Indigenous
peoples into the Canadian body politic.

* KANAHUS PELKEY: Native Youth Movement Mother and Warrior from the
Secwpemc nation. Over the past several decades, Kanahus has been active
against – and been arrested – in fighting Sun Peaks Resort, Imperial
Metals, 2010 Olympics, and a number of development projects. She has
worked with many Indigenous Nations throughout Turtle Island with a clear
mission to defend territory and protect clean water, food, and land.

* KHELSILEM RIVERS: Khelsilem is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw community
organizer. He has worked for a number of years on decolonization and
language reclamation supporting the resurgence of Indigenous peoples
around principles of justice, freedom, and liberation.

* TOGHESTIY: Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief, Wet’suwet’en nation.
Toghestiy has been living in the Unist’ot’en resistance cabin with his
family. Toghestiy’s philosophy is based on the ancient Wet’suwet’en
philosophy called “Wiggus”, which requires the highest level of
understanding, respect, and humility for absolutely everything. There is
no price that will ever compromise his responsibility.

* and member of the TSILHQOT’IN nation: The Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) people
have spent three decades defending Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), Nabas and the
upper Dasiqox (Taseko) watershed from the threat of Taseko’s massive
proposed open-pit gold and copper mine

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