Write Wild: Tell Canada's government – Site C Dam construction must stop now!

We have to stop the Site C dam.

The federal government of Canada on July 27 2016 issued permits necessary for construction of the Site C dam to continue – despite Prime Minister Trudeau's promise to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. The permits allow the destruction of fish and wildlife habitat as well as impeding transportation on the Peace River - even though First Nations court challenges of the dam are still pending.

Please write a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Fisheries, Transportation, Environment and Justice Ministers, as well as your own MP. Explain how much you want Site C dam construction to be halted. Tell them to stop issuing permits that facilitate dam construction.

Our fabulous new letter-writing tool automatically finds your MP and sends it to their inbox!

WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR PERSONALIZED LETTER, PLEASE KEEP IT RESPECTFUL AND COMPLETE THE FIELDS TO INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND CITY OF RESIDENCE


Photo: Site C construction on the Peace River (Joe Foy).

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Some points to consider in your letter:

  • The Site C dam should never have been approved. The joint federal-provincial review panel report concluded that this project would severely and permanently undermine Indigenous peoples’ use of the land; harm rare plants and other biodiversity; make fishing unsafe for at least a generation; and submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites.
  • BC Hydro has stated in court that the legal implications in respect to Treaty rights of First Nations were never considered at any point in the decision-making process.
  • Approval from the federal and provincial governments was based on the claim that the benefits outweighed the serious and permanent harm to Indigenous culture and the environment. This claim just doesn’t stand.
  • The assessment found that there wasn’t enough evidence to determine the need for the dam or its cost effectiveness and those alternatives had never been properly considered. The review recommended that the matter be referred to the BC Utilities Commission, something that the BC provincial government has refused to do.
  • It’s vital that the federal government stick to their commitments to protect the environment and Indigenous rights. New permits for dam construction should be denied.

 

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