Halifax: Protectors, cross-movement resistance to Alton Gas

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 18:30

WHAT: A panel discussion about the Alton Gas project and the movement to stop it, featuring frontline Mi’kmaq land and water protectors. The speakers will focus on the risks Alton Gas poses to water, climate and energy systems, Indigenous rights, and environmental rights, and also speak about the opportunities for policy and culture changes around these issues. This panel is part of a town hall tour with another stop planned in Antigonish, and more forthcoming.

WHEN: March 27, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dalhousie Student Union Building, McInnes Room, 6136 University Ave, Halifax

WHO: Panelists include Dorene Bernard (water protector and Sipekne’katik elder), Jim Maloney (Sipekne’katik district war chief), and Dale Poulette (treaty Truckhouse organizer). This panel is organized by the Council of Canadians, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Social Change Leadership, and Dalhousie students.

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On March 27th join protectors Dorene Bernard, Jim Maloney, and Dale Poullette to learn about their struggle to protect the water, climate, Indigenous rights, and environmental rights by stopping the Alton Gas Project. Meet these three and other local activists to learn how you can support the fight against Alton Gas.

Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous communities near the Shubenacadie River have been organizing resistance to the planned Alton Gas project for several years. This project would create massive underground natural gas storage caverns, see hundreds of thousands of tonnes of salt dumped into the Shubenacadie River in a matter of months, and would risk water contamination, methane leaks, and expansion of the fossil fuel industry in Atlantic Canada.

The project was given the go ahead by the McNeil government despite a lack of consultation, multiple failures by the company, and clear and united opposition by the affected communities. When confronted with their failure to gain consent for this project by the Sipekne’katik Band Council, the McNeil Government declared the Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq a “conquered people”, so their consent was not required for the project to go forward. A court decision on January 28th ruled otherwise, and has opened the way for Mi’kmaq and settler community members from across this province to speak out about protecting our rivers.

The Protectors speaking tour focuses on how Alton Gas is a crisis at the intersection of movements to protect water, exercise Indigenous rights and culture, end further fossil fuel development, and strengthen public participation in environmental decision making.

Event schedule:
6:30 - light meal hosted by the Loaded Ladle
7:00 - panel discussion begins
8:30 - mingle and meet the protectors and local activists