We’re excited to tell you about two massive victories for the water and environment led by Indigenous communities, local groups, and environmental activists last week.
Tens of thousands of SumofUs members like you stood in solidarity with First Nations and local groups who have fought tirelessly for years to prevent Malaysian gas giant Petronas from building a giant LNG project. And we just won!
This project would have destroyed our climate, devastated the second largest salmon run in Canada, and had severe impacts on First Nations and communities in the Skeena Watershed.
To make sure that Petronas or any other LNG project never comes back to Lelu Island, SumOfUs has committed $2,500 dollars to the Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs (RAVEN) Trust, a small but mighty charity that distributes funds to help Indigenous Peoples in Canada defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands.
The money will go directly to paying outstanding legal bills that were incurred by several First Nations in the Skeena Watershed who filed legal challenges against Petronas after the project was greenlighted by the Federal Government.
Can you chip in to top up our donation to groups like RAVEN in their fight for traditional Indigenous lands?
When Petronas first announced this project, it was seen as inevitable that it would be built. But thanks to the courage and determination of Hereditary Chief Yahaan Wesley of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe, and the Lelu Island land defenders who held down the frontlines, re-occupying and protecting Lelu Island, this project has and will never go forward.
Throughout the Skeena Watershed, communities mobilized to stand with Lelu Island. The fight to stop Petronas spread through BC and across the country, culminating in this multinational global energy giant finally throwing in the towel and packing its bags.
With support from the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, SumOfUs members showed that if we speak together, our voice will be heard. A staff member from Canadian Environmental Assessment called me hours after we flooded their inbox with 20,000 individual emails to say our comments had been received.This was likely the most messages the department has ever received.
Will you chip in so we can continue to support Indigenous land and water defender?