For Immediate Release
July 4th, 2015
At our June 28th General Meeting, The Coalition of Progressive Electors membership unanimously voted in solidarity with the Treaty 8 people, declaring our opposition to B.C. Liberal Site-C dam project. Site-C is not about providing electricity for British Columbians; instead it serves to subsidize BC’s oil, LNG and mining industries.
We recognize that Site-C Dam is not only a human-rights violation—depriving people of the right to food and water—but violates Treaty 8 itself and, if constructed, will be in contravention of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Through breaking Treaty 8, the government is willfully breaking the law. Treaty 8 is conditional upon the preservation of traditional territory and protection of the fish and game upon which the Treaty 8 Nations depend. Site-C will decimate this vital ecosystem of B.C. as well as the future food security of B.C.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) is Vancouver’s oldest progressive electoral organization. Founded in 1968, it is a membership based organization that stands for affordability, environmental sustainability, and robust arts and culture. More information is available at https://cope.bc.ca.