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APRIL 10th, 2018 SEA EVENT
Fernwood Community Association
1923 Fernwood Road

Our Monthly Members Meetings (open to all interested) will begin at 5pm followed by the Rights of Nature Presentation at 7pm.

Rights of Nature

SEA is hosting a presentation by member Shannon LeBlanc and UVic Environmental Law Student Renata Colwell followed by a discussion and strategy session. Renata Colwell, in partnership, has recently completed a student research memo which discusses recent international developments that grant legal personality and related rights to natural features, including water bodies, related natural features, and sacred water beings. 

Here are some more youtube videos and other resources.
Thomas Linzey Interview, Executive Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey Radio Interview
Rights for the Earth: Towards New International Standards - Bilingual Roundtable Conference COP21
New Zealand gives Mount Taranaki same legal rights as a person 
When Rivers Hold Legal Rights 


SEA Political Endorsement Policy

Municipal Elections are right around the corner and we need SEA members to help craft a policy and processes around how and who we endorse.  You can read and download the current Policy Draft on our website.  To engage in the deliberation for the final draft to have the membership vote on please request an invite to the discussion group.

Meet the Press: Talking to the Media when it Matters

Skills Training on April 7th from 1 to 3pm
722 Cormorant St

Want to learn how to give high impact interviews to the media and more? 

Thursday, April 5th
Trudeau Lands in these Unceded Territories


Tell Trudeau: No Consent, No Pipeline!

Canadian Coast Guard Base
25 Huron Street
2 to 4pm - April 5th, 2018


Hey Trudeau! Kinder Morgan Has Got to Go!

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
5:30 to 7pm - April 5th, 2018

Community Meeting:
Start Working Groups to Stop KM!

We were inspired to see so much enthusiasm to stop KM in this town! In order to turn that energy into action, we are facilitating a community meeting at 7:00pm Monday, April 9th at CityStudio: 742 Johnson Street.

The goal of this meeting is to set up Working Groups to take on different aspects of organizing.

For example, in our last meeting we collectively identified several needs, including:
- Fundraising
- Political pressure (phone banks, letter campaigns, pressuring politicians)
- Direct actions aimed at local targets (subcontractors, government offices, banks, etc)
- Getting involved in ongoing trips to Burnaby


Upcoming Actions

We are supporting the incredible and ongoing “Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect the Inlet” initiative on Burnaby Mountain to resist the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project. There is an upcoming day of action on Burnaby Mountain taking place Saturday, April 7. Stay tuned for more updates via. email or on our facebook group: and at


In solidarity,
The Rise and Resist team

Back to Homeland for the Salmon:
Matriarch Camp Send Off

April 15th, 2018
11am to 1pm
2806 Jacklin Rd

Calling all supporters of wild salmon! You are invited to join us Sunday, April 15th as we participate in a FINAL send off for Tsastilqualus Umbas and the Matriarch Camp. At this family friendly, dry event there will be powerful speakers, music, dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, merchandise and more. 

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the past six months, Tsastilqualus Umbas has held down her position outside John Horgan's office in unceded Lkwungen territory. Through rain, snow, and wind storms, facing threats, arrests and physical abuse, she and the warrior women supporting her, including Shawna, Pod and others never faltered in their reslience to protect the wild salmon. Despite this sacrifice and ongoing cry for action, Horgan himself never once showed his face, nor publicly commented on the ceaseless efforts of these women, continuing to ignore the emergency situation faced by wild salmon as the epidemics spread by farmed fish in major migratory routes decimate wild populations. Upon relocation, the matriarch camp will continue to stand against this illegal activity in unceded indigenous waters. 

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Indigenous Foods Gathering

June 1st & 2nd, 2018
Hosted by SȾÁUTW & Indigenous Foods Vancouver Island

"Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power"

Please RSVP to receive updates leading up to the gathering

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