Sipekne’katik Alton Gas Demonstration -Updated April 11, 2016
EVENT INFORMATION SUCH AS MEETING LOCATION, TIMES, AND DEMONSTRATION PARADE ROUTE HAS BEEN UPDATED.
Calling on all of our friends, affiliates, and the general public to join us on April 14, 2016 at 12:00pm as we stand to protect the Shubenacadie river!
In 2007 Alton gas had received approval from the government of Nova Scotia to move forward with the construction of the Alton Gas Salt caverns. After the approval, Alton Gas was engaged in some development work. In January 2016, Alton Gas received industrial approval to release brine into the Shubenacadie River. The band is concerned as the proposed brine release site is located within the only spawning site known to be used annually by the Bay of Fundy Stripped Bass. The Shubenacadie River Stripped Bass population is the only population within the Bay of Fundy that can be shown to be reproductively active for this species. (http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/concerns-raised-regarding-salt-brine-released-stewiackeshubenacadie-river-s).
Overall, the province has a duty to consult and in this case it is Sipekne’katik’s view that the Nova Scotia government had fell short of this responsibility.
On April 14, 2016 starting at 12:00pm Sipekne’katik Band is engaging in a demonstration at The Nova Scotia Legislature (http://nslegislature.ca/). The spirit and intent of this demonstration is to raise awareness of our concerns surrounding the Shubenacadie River’s delicate eco-system, while addressing how the provincial consultation process had failed the Mi’kmaq Nation. The event will start near the Halifax Harbour Water Front. From there we plan to walk to NS Legislature where we will gather, with our community members’ drums and songs. Our intension is to have our leadership address the assembly. After our demonstration at the NS Legislature we will gather at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre for a feast and some songs. The following link will provide you a map of our intended demonstration route (Demonstration Parade Route) The demonstration event schedule is as follows:
1. Assemble by the Sipekne’katik Flag at the Cable Wharf on the Halifax Water Front (11:00am-12:00 noon)
2. March from the Water Front to NS Legislature (12:00pm-12:30pm)
3. Sipekne’katik demonstration at the Nova Scotia Legislature (12:30-1:10pm)
4. Assemble at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre for a feast and songs (1:30pm)
Please take note that the event schedule, location, and times are subject to change. Sipekne’katik is providing a return trip charter bus service for band members from Indian Brook Nova Scotia to Halifax leaving Indian Brook Multipurpose Centre April 14, 2016 at 10:30am. This will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Participants will be responsible for their own parking and other travel related expenses.
If you have any other questions you are welcome to contact Chief Rufus Copage at 902 805 0141
DISCLAIMER: SIPEKNE’KATIK WILL NOT TOLERATE, ENDORSE, OR ENGAGE IN ANY BEHAVIOUR THAT IS CONSIDERED DISRUPTIVE, HARMFUL, ILLEGAL, AND INAPROPRIATE. SIPEKNE’KATIK IS WORKING WITH AGENCIES SUCH AS THE RCMP TO ENSURE PUBLIC SAFTEY IS OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES DURING THIS PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION