Save Lelu Island & Flora Banks Fund

$23,435 of $100k goal

Raised by 206 people in 13 months
Christie Brown  Terrace, BC
This is an ecosystem like no other, a jewel on the Pacific coast situated at the mouth of the Skeena River.
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Update 2
6 months ago

Since August 25, 2015, we have been occupying Lax U'u'la :"place where the seals are" (Lelu Island) & Flora Banks, territory of the Gitwilgyots Tribe, House of Gwishawaal, to practice our Aboriginal rights and title. By doing this we legally prevent and slow surveying, work, and construction of the Pacific Northwest LNG/liquified fracked methane project proposed near Port Edward, BC.
The methane for this project would be extracted from Treaty 8 territory in the northeast of British Columbia, a practice that is so harmful it's illegal in some countries. It would trespass on Wet'suewet' en and Gitxsan territories including Gitanyow and Wilp Luutkudziiwus at the Madii Lii Camp, which is closed to all LNG development. PNW LNG would cross many Tsimshian territories, with the liquification plant on Lelu Island, territory of House of Gwishawaal , Wolf Clan of Gitwilgyots Tribe. The methane would be condensed at a heavily polluting liquification factory on Lelu Island, causing toxic emissions, acid rain, and increasing global warming. The bridges along Flora and Agnew Banks would cause destruction to the formation of Flora Banks that is from the last ice age.
The salmon in our estuary depend on the eel grass that grows on Flora Banks for protection from predators . They use it as a nursery where they adjust from fresh water to salt water and back on their journeys to the ocean and home. This LNG plant and others proposed for this area would decimate the wild salmon runs and all marine life our ancestors lived on for thousands of years. It would be transported by giant supertankers through waters of the Haida Nation, despite the Haida's ban on LNG supertankers. It's a must we protect our rivers from the Sacred Headwaters of Tahltan territory to the coast in Tsimshian territory, to the waters of the Haida Nation.
While the Governments of Canada and BC have no jurisdiction here, they intend to rule on an application for an environmental certificate submitted to the CEAA. On March 19 the Government of Canada extended the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change's deadline for three months, and LNG survey contractors for Stantec have returned to Lelu Island and Flora Banks to try and get more data they can manipulate.
Members of the Gitwilgyots tribe, with members of surrounding First Nations and allied land defenders stand our ground with Likagyigyet Gwishawaal, head of the wolf house holding title over Lax U'u'la and Flora Banks, to turn survey crews away.
We're continuing to build structures on the island and have plans to build a smokehouse; a traditional longhouse; gardens; and a workout/training stage; and places to hold cultural workshops and traditional dance events. We continue to harvest foods, medicines from the island and waters and are preparing to harvest our spring cedar bark for weaving.
Lax U'u'la & beyond to Flora Banks
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Update 1
11 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving to all near and far we are on Lelu Island everyday to protect our natural resources. Here is an update posted Oct. 10,2015. On Facebook.

Copy and paste link to read and see 7 photos. If you have questions,concerns, information we do not yet see or you want to get involved, please let us know. Your input is greatly appreciated.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=989700301052284&id=949045868451061

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Michelle Irene McDonald
12 months ago
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Donny you guys can beat big business. The Haidas did it with their stand at Lyell Island. Your people are in the right to protect your land and waters. Stay Strong and I hope all Skeena nations will be standing with you all.

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Ant Aus
12 months ago
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I am a Wet'suwet'en woman from the Bulkley River system. We on the Wet'suwet'en territory house the water systems that cater to the needs for the salmon to spawn. We have a very sensitive eco system. As part of the salmon's four year journey from birth to death, they must rest in the estuaries for the year. The people of the Skeena river area house the fish for this delicate part of their development. Lelu Island is part of this sanctuary for the salmon and other marine life. It is critical that we unite in our support for one another. I am a hereditary chief of the Lihktsamisyu Clan of the Wet'suweten and I support Lelu Island. I need to know how this land dweller would be able to show my physical support on Lelu Island. How would I get there. I will drive to Prince Rupert.

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12 months ago

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$23,435 of $100k goal

Raised by 206 people in 13 months
Created August 29, 2015
Christie Brown  
$150
Anonymous
10 days ago
$50
Anonymous
11 days ago
EP
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Elizabeth Pruszynski
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AM
$10
Antonia Mills
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SS
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Sakura Saunders
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TH
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Tonia Hanson
24 days ago
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Elizabeth Pruszynski
1 month ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Cathy Fortin
1 month ago

This is important to ALL of us!

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Antonia Mills
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Anonymous
1 month ago
Michelle Irene McDonald
12 months ago
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Donny you guys can beat big business. The Haidas did it with their stand at Lyell Island. Your people are in the right to protect your land and waters. Stay Strong and I hope all Skeena nations will be standing with you all.

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Ant Aus
12 months ago
1
1

I am a Wet'suwet'en woman from the Bulkley River system. We on the Wet'suwet'en territory house the water systems that cater to the needs for the salmon to spawn. We have a very sensitive eco system. As part of the salmon's four year journey from birth to death, they must rest in the estuaries for the year. The people of the Skeena river area house the fish for this delicate part of their development. Lelu Island is part of this sanctuary for the salmon and other marine life. It is critical that we unite in our support for one another. I am a hereditary chief of the Lihktsamisyu Clan of the Wet'suweten and I support Lelu Island. I need to know how this land dweller would be able to show my physical support on Lelu Island. How would I get there. I will drive to Prince Rupert.

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Ant Aus
12 months ago

I tried to donate and can't seem to see if it went through.

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