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UPDATE: 500 out to hear ‘She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands’

Thank you to the Indigenous Environmental Network for organizing last night’s “She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands” public forum in Vancouver. More than 500 people were in attendance to hear Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Suzanne Dhaliwal, and Melina Laboucan-Massimo speak on the environmental and social impacts of the tar sands. Even from more than 4,000 kilometres across the country I can feel the power of this gathering!

I’m glad the Council of Canadians could help support it. The event was also supported by Aboriginal Front Door, Alliance for Peoples Health, Indigenous Action Movement, Mining Justice Alliance, No One Is Illegal – Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Occupy Vancouver Environmental Justice Working Group, Pipe Up Network, Purple Thistle Center, Streams of Justice, Tanker Free BC, Western Wilderness Committee and the International Woman’s Climate Caucus.

Photo by David Mayleff.