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

RAISING THE STAKES! 

Thanks to the generosity of
PATAGONIA FOUNDATION
and others who wish to support the legal costs of
Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations
in their fight to save BC's Peace River Valley and Stop Site C Dam,
all funds donated for Yellow Stakes planted
between now and October 1st
will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact! 

Despite massive evidence
of the economic, social and environmental costs of the Site C dam, 
the BC Government gave Site C a green light on Dec 11th.

In response, Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations are seeking
a court injunction to stop the project
and are launching a civil suit for Treaty infringement.

Mother Nature can still heal this valley.  WE NEED TO STOP THE DAM.

WE ALL HAVE A STAKE IN THE PEACE -
WE ALL NEED TO SUPORT THE LEGAL FIGHT TO SAVE IT...

​You are a stakeholder in the Peace...

NOW is the time to take a stand and plant your stake to
support the cost of the First Nations' legal battle to STOP SITE C + SAVE THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY

$100 DONATION (tax receipted) plants A YELLOW STAKE (with your name + city name) on the third-generation Boon Farm in the BC Peace River Valley.
 
100% of funds raised directly support Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations legal challenge to  Protect the Peace River Valley
.

It's about food security and the rights of future generations... 

MAKE A STAND!  DONATE NOW
TO PLANT A YELLOW STAKE IN
YOUR NAME ON THE BOON FARM


For every donation of $100 or more, a Yellow Stake
with your name and city will be planted on
the BC Peace River Valley farm of Ken and Arlene Boon
and a tax receipt will be issued by Nun Wa Dee Stewardship Society.


(Here's an idea: You could also get together a group of friends, collect $100 and plant a Yellow Stake for your class, your group, your community or your cause!)

Smaller donations of course welcome...

100% of the proceeds go to fund
Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations
legal challenge to protect the Peace River valley. 


PLANT A YELLOW STAKE NOW!


IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SAVE THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY:  

Public alarm over the destruction of the Peace River Valley is becoming more wide spread.  Two new books that document this destruction - DAMMING THE PEACE: the Hidden Costs of the Site C Dam and BREACHING THE PEACE: The Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand against Big Hydro - are being presented to every BC MLA on May 10th, kicking off discussions in communities across the province as British Columbians demand that government withdraw its support for the Site C dam.

With your help, the YELLOW STAKES will support West Moberly and Prophet River First Nation SITE C legal challenges to save the Peace River Valley. 

  1. First 50 Stakes Planted
​​THE ISSUES:

Canada's beautiful and sacred Peace River Valley in north-eastern British Columbia is under attack. The British Columbia government, with the support of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet colleagues, are building Site C, a massive hydroelectric project that will destroy this pristine valley, violate indigenous rights affirmed in the Canadian Constitution (under Treaty 8) and within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, destroy habitat, cause environmental loss, forcibly remove third generation farmers and ranchers, demolish historical sites, drown ancient burials and artifacts, and flood prime horticultural land in a class one climate capable of providing the nutritional needs of over one million people a year.  Forever.


WHAT SITE C DAM WILL DESTROY:   The Site C dam, one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects, will flood over 107 kilometres of the Peace River Valley in northeastern B.C., including some of the province’s best quality farmland, critical wildlife habitat, First Nations cultural and burial sites, as well as hunting and fishing territory.  Preliminary works commenced in 2015; however it is anticipated to take approximately 10 years to build, so efforts to stop it are strong, and growing daily.  The dam would cause an 83 km section of the Peace River, from the Peace Canyon Dam to Fort St. John to be flooded, widening it by up to five times. Have a look at this DESMOG piece on loss of ancient wetlands:  http://www.desmog.ca/2016/10/21/bc-hydro-applies-demolish-rare-ancient-wetland-site-c-construction

 
FOOD SECURITY:   Over 31,000 acres of Class 1-7 farmland will be impacted by Site C.   The rich alluvial soils and class one climate of BC’s Peace River Valley gives this land the capacity to produce the same range of crops as does the Fraser Valley, with higher yields due to long sunlight hours. BC already imports over 60 percent of it's fruits and vegetables, mostly from California.  The land to be flooded by Site C is capable of providing a local, sustainably produced supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to over a million people a year.  Forever…  FOR MORE ON HOW SITE C IMPACTS FOOD SECURITY CLICK HERE.


INFRINGEMENT OF TREATY AND ABORIGINAL RIGHTS:   For First Nations, the Peace Valley offers stories, serves as burial grounds and is an indispensable source of food, furs, fish and medicines for their people. The Peace Valley is one of the last remaining areas in northeast BC that has been sufficiently protected from industrial development so that Indigenous peoples can still exercise their Treaty rights.  The Joint Review Panel on the Site C EA concluded the dam would cause severe and immitigable harm to many Indigenous uses of the land. The federal and provincial governments have openly acknowledged that they have never examined whether Site C can be reconciled with treaty obligations.     FOR MORE ON HOW SITE C IMPACTS TREATY AND ABORIGINAL RIGHTS CLICK HERE.
 
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY:
 
Wendy Holm, Professional Agrologist and Expert Witness on Site C, on FOOD SECURITY
"...This destruction of irreplaceable foodland resources belonging to tomorrow to fill the agenda's of politicians today is obscene.  Natural capital laid down over millennia is not for the present to withdraw – we are meant to live off it's interest (crops) and thought good stewardship practices grow the legacy of these soils to ensure the food security of current and future generations.  We are making probably the biggest policy mistake we could...  It is BAD PUBLIC POLICY."
 
Dr. Harry Swain, former Chair of Federal Provincial Review Panel on Site C, on ENERGY
“Have we really pushed conservation and efficiency as far as they can go? …the answer is NO…  What other kinds of generation or energy production are available and what are their costs and benefits?” Dr. Swain described government’s failure to research geothermal potential  a “dereliction of duty”. 
 
Dr. Clayton Apps, Wildlife Biologist on CRITICAL WILDLIFE HABITAT LOSS
“Site C will form yet another barrier to wildlife movement in a region where industrial development is expanding rapidly. Site C will threaten the future survival of several wildlife populations in the Peace region.”
 
Robert McCullough + Marvin Schaffer on BETTER ALTERNATIVES
Internationally recognized energy expert Robert McCullough argues Site C is dramatically more expensive than a mix of alternatives. Both McCullough and Dr. Marvin Shaffer, Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy say BC Hydro didn’t provide appropriate comparisons to alternative sources of power in their analysis. McCullough stated that the prices BC Hydro used to compare alternatives to Site C were out of date; prices have dropped significantly since Hydro’s comparisons were done.
 
GATHERING INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT/MOMENTUM
 
Pressure from the United Nations
 
Site C's negative effects are not limited to the Peace valley. Site C would irreversibly damage the ecology of the Peace Athabasca Delta, the heart of Wood Buffalo National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
UNESCO has called on Canada to halt any construction works that would cause irreversible impacts, and to conduct a strategic environmental assessment that would take into account the dam’s downstream impacts on the Peace Athabasca Delta.
 
The UN report noted that impacts on the park are “far more complex and severe than previously thought,” and issued a number of recommendations for Canada to address the threat to the park from Site C. On July 5, 2017, UNESCO warned Canada that if it does not follow through with these recommendations, the park could become Canada’s first World Heritage Site to be listed as “in danger.”
 
In early 2018, Canada issued a rough outline of a plan to implement some, but not all, of the recommendations, notably rejecting the recommendation to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment of the Site C project.
 
Support from Amnesty International
 
The violation of First Nations rights, and the failure to properly consider less destructive alternatives to the Site C dam, have been the subject of ongoing concern for Amnesty International. These concerns were detailed in two reports published in 2016, as well numerous open letters to government and other public statements. Amnesty International Canada works closely with the West Moberly and Prophet River First and the larger network of their allies and supporters. Amnesty members around the world have written to the federal and provincial governments to urge them to respect Treaty 8 and halt construction of the dam.
 
 
Growing support from around the world
 
People understand that the dam destroys Indigenous people’s use of the land, harms rare plants and animals, poisons fish with mercury, and floods burial grounds and crucial cultural and sacred sites. Dozens of organizations have written to Prime Minister Trudeau asking him to immediately halt the Site C dam. Organizations supporting justice for the Peace Valley include the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Amnesty International, David Suzuki Foundation, West Coast Environmental Law, Oxfam Canada, Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club BC, Wilderness Committee BC, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Patagonia, Ecojustice, BCGEU, CUPE 15, and many more.





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