Ariel Martz-Oberlander on Treaty Rights and the Site C Dam, May 8

Respect Treaty Rights: Stop the Site C Dam

Respect Treaty Rights: Stop the Site C Dam

Monday May 8, 12:30 PM
Room A136a, Langara College
Speaker: Ariel Martz-Oberlander

Construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam will hurt everyone in BC. Hydro rates will increase dramatically to pay for electricity that we don't need on a project that is expected to go way over its $9 billion budget. The dam is being built with non-union labour, driving down wages and living standards. Valuable farm land will be flooded. And, most importantly, it will destroy lands belonging to the Treaty 8 First Nations. These lands, along 107 km of the Peace river, are important hunting, fishing and gathering sites.

Ariel Martz-Oberlander is a local theatre artist, teacher and activist here on Coast Salish lands. A long time community organizer, she specializes in using creative direct actions to draw attention to issues of Indigenous sovereignty, feminism and climate justice. She has been working on the issue of Site C for over a year, hosting events and fundraisers, training canvassers, and teaching workshops in high schools, among other things. She was also one of the founding members of the Peace Camp that existed outside BC Hydro offices for three months last spring.

Organized by The Langara Faculty Association Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee.

For more information, please contact Bradley Hughes, [email protected]