Swaysǝn (Will George) is leading a ceremonial spiritual canoe journey across the Salish Sea to protect his ancestral homelands from the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project.
Swaysǝn is a grassroots leader and member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. He has been fighting for almost five years to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion from being built. He is doing this for his family, the land, the water, the orcas – for all the animals and for all of us.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
- The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) is being built through unceded land without the consent of his Nation.
- TMX will increase tanker traffic sevenfold, creating an almost guaranteed risk of oil spills. This threatens the survival of the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.
- TMX fuels the climate crisis by tripling oil piped from the tar sands when we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. TMX is also projected to lose the Canadian government at least $12 Billion.
- TMX supports the ongoing colonization of First Nations.
- Colonial governments suppressed ceremonial canoe journeys for hundreds of years, but, over the last 30 years, First Nations and Sovereign Tribes have brought the journeys back. This movement has been a critical element of Indigenous resurgence, empowerment, stewardship, and sovereignty.
- Swaysǝn’s goal with this journey is to unite people, gather stories and teachings about ways to heal ourselves and the planet, reconnect people to the water, land, and each other, and survey and protect the Salish Sea.
WHAT YOUR DONATIONS COVER
Your donations cover the basic costs of Swaysǝn’s canoe journey. These costs include feeding paddlers, running a small safety/support boat, gas, transporting canoes, camping gear, Swaysǝn giving traditional gifts to Indigenous communities he visits, and more as needed to safely and healthily complete this meaningful journey.
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