WENDAKE, QC, Sept. 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The AFNQL would like to invite all First Nations leaders, community members and their allies, the general public, associations, NGO's and organizations to join in a peaceful rally on Monday September 12, 2016, in front of the Federal Court House in Montreal (30 McGill St.), from 8 am to 9 am, before the start of the hearings at the Federal Court of Appeal scheduled for 9:30 am to challenge Canada's approval of the Site C Dam project in British Columbia. This rally is organized by the "Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan".
The "Treaty 8 Justice for the Peace Caravan" is a group of British-Columbia First Nations' organizations and leaders, including Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations who have been fighting the Site C Dam Project for decades. The Peace Caravan embarked on a road tour across Canada to magnify the gross injustices of this project and to amplify public support for the protection of the Peace River Valley.
The majority of First Nations in northeast B.C. are strongly opposed to Site C Dam. Among other significant impacts, it threatens to flood three of the largest rivers on Treaty 8 territory, 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance.
The group also planned a press conference (not open to the public) at the Press Gallery in Ottawa on September 13, 2016 at 11 am. In the meantime, a peaceful drumming and round dancing ceremony will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 am on Parliament Hill (Ottawa).
We encourage everyone to show support and participate to both gatherings in support of Treaty 8 communities. For more information, please visit www.stopsitec.org (in English only).
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. www.apnql-afnql.com.
SOURCE Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
For further information: Mélanie Vincent : [email protected], Cell. : 418 580-4442