No Consent = No Pipelines; Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline and the Unist’ot’en Clan’s Resistance
A Presentation by Brett Rhyno.
How the Unist’ot’en Clan of Northern BC is holding back Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline Residents of the Bay Area know full well the impact of having Chevron as a neighbor. Two years ago a fire at their Richmond refinery resulted in the hospitalization of over 15,000 residents. The community is continually affected by ongoing air pollution, and the city’s Mayor has called attention to Chevron’s attempts to skewer local democracy through extensive lobbying.
Now, the oil giant is attempting to extend its reach into unceded indigenous territory colonially known as “Northern BC” with a proposed 473km long pipeline which would carry (un)natural gas from fracking fields in North-Eastern BC to the West Coast.
Unfortunately for Chevron – the project has been unable to progress due to the resolute opposition of the Unist’ot’en Clan whose traditional territory sprawls several thousand square miles of land in Northern BC. Since 2010, the Unist’ot’en have maintained a Camp directly in the path of the proposed pipeline route and have controlled traffic into and out of their territory through a Consent Protocol.
Most recently, the Unist’ot’en intercepted and evicted a helicopter carrying surveyors, with a clear warning that any further incursions would result in confiscation and escalation. Inspired by their action, additional clans have also asserted opposition to any new pipelines crossing through their territory.
Come and join us at PLACE to hear the story from the perspective of a settler ally, Brett Rhyno, who spent several months standing in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en and is now looking to connect with Bay Area residents in order to foster relationships of mutual aid and solidarity in the fight against Chevron.
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