THE YELLOW STAKE CAMPAIGN
We ALL have a STAKE in the
FUTURE of the PEACE RIVER VALLEY

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STAKE IN THE PEACE
INFRINGEMENT OF TREATY AND ABORIGINAL RIGHTS

We Get Our Power from the Land and Water...  

The Peace River is the lifeline for numerous First Nations – a critical pathway for their food security, cultural survival, and spiritual identity. The Peace River Valley is a vital point of reference for the people to connect their ancestors and to who they are; this is where leaders and Prophets are buried, where ceremonies and gatherings are held, and where the Drummers sing their Dreamers’ songs.

First Nations are still reeling from the impacts of the two existing dams on the Peace River and their reservoirs. The W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Williston Reservoir eliminated important waterways and trails that the people and animals used, resulting in broken trade networks and kinship connections amongst various First Nation groups.  Key food sources, like the caribou, sheep, and Arctic grayling, have nearly disappeared and the fish poisoned with mercury. Downstream into Alberta and as far as the Northwest Territories, there have been noticeable decreases in water levels and ice formations that supply water to wetlands. Decline in waterfowl and furbearers coupled with reduced access to their territory have drastically affected harvesters and trappers’ abilities to secure food and income. 

Many are fearful that the proposed Site C dam will hold the same fate for other animals and fish in the system (wiping out moose) and the negative environmental and social effects of the first two dams will multiply.  The Site C dam, threatens efforts being made to restore and re-build what the first two dams have stolen from our people and youth. 

Over many decades, the land has become heavily industrialized. Life is now filled with anxiety because of separation from nature and from each other. The Peace River Valley is one of the last remaining sacred places acting as a centre for the people’s spiritual well-being.  Today’s youth and the future generations of north eastern B.C. desperately need places that still hold resemblance to how their ancestors knew it and how they were connected to it.  It is their fundamental right to live as they were promised in the Treaty agreements which were signed with the Crown along the banks of the Peace River – the VERY RIVER WE ALL WANT TO PROTECT.

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