Water is Life.
On August4, 2014, the dam that held the waste from Imperial Metals' Mount Polley mine in Central British Columbia collapsed, leading to the largest mine waste spill in Canadian history. The impacts on the surrounding rivers and lakes, including Quesnel Lake, one of the deepest fjord lakes in the world and birthing waters of salmon, have been devastating.
"Before the Mount Polley Mine disaster struck... our communities of Xat'sull First Nation and Likely lived in the reassurance from B.C. and the company that no such tragedy could ever happen. On August 4, 2014, our lives and the landscape were changed forever, as the impacts of mining are forever," Jacinda Mack, Xat'sull First Nation and Coordinator of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining
This August 4, join Amnesty International Water Defenders, Concerned Citizens of Quesnel Lake, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, Northern Confluence, United for Mining Justice, Salmon Beyond Borders, Rivershed Society of BC, BC/Yukon Kairos, Labrador Land Protectors and others to remember the devastating impacts of the Mount Polley Mine Disaster and honour your own watershed.
Action Contact: Jacinda Mack, FNWARM Coordinator/ Xat’sull First Nation member
1. Go to your local stream, river, or lake and say a few words to acknowledge Quesnel Lake and your own watershed.
2. Take a photo & post on social media (include where you are & body of water) using #SisterStreams so we can track the actions.
3. Send your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. The imagines will be put together in a banner to be shared at the upcoming Mining Minister's Meeting in New Brunswick.
What to do:
Take a few more steps:
1. Get friends and community together to raise awareness - host a water gathering, picnic, water ceremony, prayer, paddle, etc.
2. Document what you do & share with your networks using #SisterStreams
3. Write a letter to the editor raising issues in your own community & naming the Mount Polley Mine disaster
4. Join the Thunderclap campaign before August 3rd here.
5. Help us get to 50,000 signatures to demand justice for the Mount Polley disaster. Sign and share here.