‘Paddle up the Peace’ part of upcoming Justice for the Peace Solidarity events

Paddlers on the Peace River during the 11th Annual Paddle for the Peace back in July. Photo by Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace caravan has yet to reach Montreal, there are a number of events planned starting this weekend to show solidarity to the convoy.

The first-ever Paddle up the Peace event is taking place tomorrow morning at Bear Flats west of Fort St. John. Paddlers will launch from Bear Flats at 9:30 a.m. before paddling a short distance up the river to the Rocky Mountain Fort site. After having lunch and leaving signs of support at the site, paddlers will then head downstream to pull in at Peace Island Park in Taylor. Paddlers will be accompanied by a river boat for safety, but are reminded to bring their own food, water, and life jacket.

Events in conjunction with the paddle will also be taking place across the province.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, a solidarity event is being planned at the Kelowna farmer’s market where canvassers will be getting signatures for petitions against the dam.

A chalk mural is planned to be created in Victoria from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the B.C. Legislature.

A number of events will also be happening in Vancouver, including: a Yogathon at China Creek Park from 10:00 – 1:30, an 83 metre-long chalk mural of the Peace being created on Robson Street between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., a drumming ceremony at Robson Square at 1:00 p.m., a flash mob featuring bagpipe players along Commercial Drive at 2:00 p.m., and a community potluck at English Bay from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. among a host of other events.

The participants of the caravan plan to arrive in Montreal this weekend, and are planning a peaceful rally outside the Federal Court of Appeal where the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations court case against the Site C project is set to begin. The rally will take place from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. eastern time.

On their way back to the Fort St. John area, the caravan will also be holding a rally on Parliament Hill from 10:30 to 11:30, before heading to a live webinar at the University of Ottawa, taking place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. eastern.

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