Vancouver poet hosts fundraiser for Treaty 8 caravan to Montreal

Rita Wong was inspired to host the fundraiser after attending this year's Paddle for the Peace. Photo by Chris Newton

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Poet Rita Wong held a fundraiser in Vancouver last night to raise money for a cross-country tour of Treaty 8 members to help in their fight against the Site C dam.

In a Metro News Vancouver article, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-winning author says that she was inspired to put on the fundraiser after participating in the Paddle for the Peace back in July. The event came just weeks before the federal government approved permits for the dam’s construction on July 28th.

Yvonne Tupper is a member of the Saulteau First Nations who lives in Chetwynd, and is spearheading the caravan to Montreal in support of the Treaty 8 First Nations, which has a case in a Montreal federal court starting September 12th. West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson and members of the Prophet River First Nation lauched the suit with the hopes of revoking federal permits for the dam’s construction. They claim that the federal government didn’t adequately consult with affected First Nations, and that when it comes to benefits of the dam, the ends don’t justify the means.

Tupper says that the trip will likely last one week, including stops in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sioux Ste-Marie and Ottawa to raise awareness before arriving in Montreal on September 12th.

Story courtesy Metro News Vancouver: http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2016/08/28/poets-fundraise-for-4500km-treaty-8-caravan-against-site-c.html