The Paddle for the Peace is an event held every year to “celebrate and recognize the need to protect the valley and retain its critical ecosystem values in the face of the threat of the Site C dam.”
A decision on the environmental certificate for Site C is expected early September, with the Coordinator of the Peace Valley Environment Association, Andrea Morison calling it “an extremely controversial project and the most expensive project under consideration in Canada right now.”
Morrison also says Site C will destroy up to 57,000 acres of agricultural and forested land, also adding to the rate increases impacting B.C. citizens and businesses.
The event will provide an opportunity to speak with people from a variety of backgrounds who are concerned about Site C including impacted land owners, recreation providers, First Nations and politicians.
There’s also local entertainment and a free breakfast provided.
Morrison says the threat of Site C has elevated the Peace to the most endangered river in British Columbia, making it essential to retain the valley in order to protect the habitat of fish, wildlife, prime agricultural land and First Nations cultural values.
Morrison adds the dam threatens the only Class 1 farmland north of Quesnel, “which is increasingly valuable as global warming eradicates traditional food producing land.”
The event is being held Saturday July 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Peace River, at the Halfway River Bridge, approximately a half hour drive south of Fort St. John.
The day begins with a breakfast, sponsored by the West Moberly First Nations, running until 11:00 a.m. This is followed by keynote speakers and dignitaries addressing the need to protect the valley, and a canoe launch at noon.
The paddle brings you to Bear Flat, followed by an opportunity to socialize with other paddlers while experiencing a variety of entertainment.