May 12 - National First Nations Press Conference in Vancouver

Greenpeace Canada May 11, 2016

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory, BC – On May 12, First Nations leaders from across North America will be welcomed by the local Tsleil Waututh Nation (TWN) in Vancouver, BC, where the group will hold a press conference to unite calls for the Canadian government to ‘Break Free’ from fossil fuels and begin the transition towards a 100% renewable energy economy.

The group of First Nation’s leaders will show their solidarity with the Tsleil Waututh Nation’s fight against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by giving speeches and presenting a gift of a solar array to be used in the construction of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation’s new administration building.

Speakers will include:

Rueben George, Manager, Sacred Trust Initiative, Tsleil Waututh Nation

Grand Chief Serge Simon, Kanesatake

Faith Spotted Eagle, Yankton Sioux

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Melina Laboucan Massimo, Lubicon Cree First Nation

Geraldine Thomas, Yinke Dene Alliance

Jewell James, Lummi Nation

Chief Darrell Bob, Statlium Nation

Deborah Parker, Tulalip Nation – Washington State

Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

WHY: This press conference was planned ahead of the National Energy Board’s May 20 submission of its final recommendation on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.

Multiple other events are taking place in opposition to the NEB’s impending decision, including Rueben George of TWN’s speaking at Kinder Morgan’s AGM at their headquarters in Houston, as well as a mass show of opposition being planned at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge terminal in Vancouver on May 14th.

WHERE: Vancouver Public Library (350 W Georgia St, Vancouver) Alma Van Dusen Room

WHEN: Thursday May 12th, 9:30 AM

VISUALS: Large solar panels delivered to Tsleil Waututh leaders and First Nations leaders speeches on opposing fossil fuel projects in their territories from across Canada.

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