Coast Salish Nation, a kinship-based society of Washington tribes and British Columbia First Nations on the Salish Sea, announced on June 3, 2015 that they will seek a seat at the United Nations to protect their treaty and aboriginal rights–which includes stopping fossil fuel export through their territories.
Lummi Youth Canoe Family paddles to Duwamish to ‘Ignite the people”.
As reported by Ashley Ahearn, tribal leaders from Washington, Montana and British Columbia gathered May 14 in Seattle to draw attention to the battle between the region’s tribes, and the coal and oil exporters whose plans threaten treaty fishing areas.
In How One Tribe Could Slow the Rate of “Bomb Trains” Through Seattle, The Stranger examines Swinomish Indian Tribal Community vs Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.
The bunker fuel spill from a ship in Vancouver’s English Bay last week was a good test for the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and Environment Canada. After closing the Vancouver-based Environmental Emergencies office in 2012, and laying off staff specifically trained to deal with oil spills, Ottawa added insult to injury by closing the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in 2013. This, says the former station commander, resulted in a six-hour delay in response time to the English Bay oil spill. When the City of Vancouver petitioned the National Energy Board for information about Kinder Morgan’s emergency response plan — should its proposed seven-fold increase in Tar Sands shipping out of Vancouver come to pass — the feds told local government to take a hike.
The 23-minute video documentary Bomb Trains dispels all doubts about this unacceptable hazard, and why it has become a threat to communities across North America.