Campaign – Stand with Indigenous Peoples against Site C Dam
RAVEN supports Treaty 8 Nations taking legal action to stop the Site C Dam.
Donate, fundraise online or organize an event to help raise funds for this strategic campaign to Protect the Peace.
The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are going to court to stop the Site C Dam. If you want to stop this expensive and damaging infrastructure project proposed for the beautiful Peace River in northeastern BC, you can help First Nations succeed if you Join the Circle.
First Nations have special legal and constitutional rights that make this challenge both strategic and achievable.
Court challenges are expensive, and the provincial and federal governments have deep pockets. But the Treaty rights of First Nations are strong, and can win this. You can assist by contributing to legal funds.
Join the Circle is a new legal defence fund for the First Nations legal challenges against Site C Dam. Other downstream First Nations and valley landowners have similar campaigns for their separate court actions. Contributions from individuals, communities and businesses will be pooled together, and then disbursed equally to the First Nations to pay for their legal services.
“It is our firm intention to save the Peace River Valley. The significant adverse effects of Site C, as they relate to the Treaty 8 First Nations, cannot be legally justified. This spectre of Site C destroying our homes, our culture, and the immense bounty and natural wealth of this area that could feed our country for generations must not be allowed to persist.”
The Treaty 8 First Nations this campaign seeks to support – from northeastern B.C – have been actively engaged for years in the struggle to defend their rights and territories from the threat of the Site C Dam. Site C is the third proposed dam on the Peace River; it is located 7 kilometers southwest of Fort St. John and threatens to flood thousands of hectares of prime farmland, irreplaceable cultural sites and wildlife habitat. The Site C Dam has been rejected twice previously.
The nations participated in a Joint Review Panel that concluded Site C would cause significant harm to fishing, hunting and trapping and on other traditional land uses, from BC and on downstream through to Alberta. The federal and provincial governments ignored the concerns of the Treaty 8 First Nations, approving the project. The nations were left with no option but to take the decision to court. Now is the time to stop Site C Dam once and for all.
What’s our goal?
Ultimately, the nations are in this to stop the dam from being built. More immediately, we want to raise $300,000 to pay for the initial legal work. There will likely be a need for more down the road, but for now this will see the four nations through two hearings – provincial and federal.
How Will Your Donation Be Used?
The donations raised will go directly to cover the costs of legal research, writing legal arguments, preparing evidence, and the cost of the actual hearings incurred by West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.
All donations will be held in trust by RAVEN and disbursed to the legal teams. The lawyers have already committed to many pro bono hours to help keep the cost of the hearings down.
All funds received and how they are used will be fully and publicly accounted for by RAVEN. Donations made in Canada and the U.S. are eligible for tax receipts.
On behalf of West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations and RAVEN Trust