Please see below for information about an upcoming art auction and a request for contributions, as well as links to information about the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s upcoming Unis’tot’en Camp, in opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.
Many Indigenous nations are currently resisting ongoing colonial violence including exploitation and destruction of lands. The imposition of industry and pipelines on Indigenous peoples’ homelands increases environmental degradation, impacts social, cultural, economic, and community health and well-being, and heightens forms of violence, including gender-based violence. This is not new: colonizers seeking to profit from extracting resources from the land have long used sexualized and gender-based violence against Indigenous people and communities. This continues in many forms, including the disappearing and murdering of Indigenous women, the impacts of the introduction of industry and related populations into Indigenous communities, impacts to Indigenous women’s reproductive health from pollution and environmental degradation, and the imposition and promotion of violently racist and colonial worldviews, laws and belief systems.
For more information about environmental violence, the impacts of it and community resistance to it, please see this report from the recent 2nd INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SYMPOSIUM
The proceeds from the upcoming art auction will benefit Wild Coast’s efforts to stop oil tankers and pipelines, including the Caravan to the We’tsuwet’en, in support of the We’tsuwet’en Nation’s Unis’tot’en Camp. Here is more information about the call for contributions:
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Art auction to stop pipelines & oil tankers – July 2012, “Victoria” Lekwungen territory “BC”
Artists, crafters, local businesses: Help stop the tankers!
Your paintings, sculpture, music, crafts, books, gear and gift certificates can turn the tide. Auction proceeds benefit the Forest Action Network community defense fund. This fund was the key to stopping a huge resort development at Juan de Fuca Park last year. The group took on Len Barrie and Bear Mountain in 2009 and won – sort of. But now we’re taking on a much bigger challenge.
The 2012 Art Against Enbridge auction is seeking:
– Arts and crafts of any kind, especially nature-themed
– Outdoor gear, tents, tours, books, services
– Gift certificates and gift packages
– Live and silent auction volunteers
Please RSVP by July 10
The ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY pipeline is just one of 7 planned for Wet’suwet’en territory. The first pipeline – Pacific Trails – is ALREADY APPROVED. We need to stop that trail-breaking pipeline in its tracks or it will PAVE THE WAY for all the others, including Enbridge.
So get on board. Artists and business get the best kind of free publicity: Display-style ads and links on our website and affiliated sites. Social media and print media promotions. Cards and advertising materials at the event. All the community goodwill the room can hold. The knowledge you are making a difference. (priceless!)
Art Against Enbridge: http://forestaction.wikidot.com/art
Art Against Enbridge Call for Contributions: https://www.facebook.com/events/252150791559860/
Caravan to Wet’suwet’en: http://forestaction.wikidot.com/caravan
Unis’tot’en Camp: http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com/