November 21, 2017: Unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples; Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh
First Nations are fronlining the battle stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline not only on the ground, in their traditional, unceded territories, but in the courts as well. Those Nations are fighting for indigenous and human rights in their communities, while also defending the shared coast, our shared climate and our shared future from oil spills and catastrophic global warming. There’s no room for pipelines in our future and the Kinder Morgan pipeline is dangerous for this coast.
While frontlining a battle for the common good, First Nations are also fronting the costs. They are up against government and their fossil fuel industry partners, both who have extremely deep pockets. These legal challenges can cost Nations hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in legal fees and associated costs, such as credible third party research, which takes away from the essential services they need in their communities. While they are defending our collective and shared interests, they should not have to go it alone. Force of Nature has been organizing to support those Nations through the Pull Together campaign.
Pull Together fundraises in solidarity with Indigenous peoples by raising money for the First Nations legal challenges against the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In 2015, Pull Together raised $600,000 to support First Nations in stopping the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. By raising money for these challenges, we are also supporting and funding equal access to justice for First Nations who must continuously fight to have their indigenous and human rights recognized.
We have been working with individuals, businesses, community groups, environmental clubs and organizations all over Vancouver, BC and Canada to work towards raising $625,000 to support First Nations and to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We are only $17,000 away. Can you can help with a donation?
People from all backgrounds have been coming together to fundraise in solidarity with First Nations and to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Several environmental groups at the University of British Columbia worked together to create ‘UBC Community Pulls Together,’ and organized an event with performers, a sustainable beauty bar and raffle, which brought their fundraising total up to $2,800! Their momentum bled into other university groups at Douglas College, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.
Other folks have run succulent sales, movie screenings, weekly yoga sessions, while businesses have been pooling proceeds and others have created amazing online fundraising campaigns!
One of our proudest moments was organizing Pints not Pipelines 2.0, which brought in $8000 through beer sales, raffles, an art auction and through media fundraising. Our community blew us away with over 250 attendees and generous beer, prize and art donations. All proceeds went toward supporting the First Nations defending the coast and our future.
It has been so inspirational working to help people Pull Together, with Force of Nature.
Want to donate? Help us beat our goal at https://fundraise.raventrust.com/team/135808 today!