Prayers for Peacemakers 25 April 2018
|On Friday April 20, at the terminal of theTrans Mountain pipeline expansion, a small group of faith leaders hold copies of United Nations Declaration on |
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Photo Credit: Christine Boyle.
Pray for religious leaders and all people of faith and spirit who, on 28 April, will join the Coast Salish people on Burnaby Mountain, British Colombia, Canada. The Coast Salish members, spiritual leaders and youth will be on the land continuing to resist the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. They are witness to the danger of the oil project that is threatening the Coast Salish lands, waters, culture and spirit.
Although this movement has continued for the last seven years, there have been huge marches and actions as the construction is set to begin. Recently, at the end of March, 176 people were arrested for blocking the Kinder Morgan terminal at the Burnaby Mountain site. Last week, BC Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck has called for them to face criminal prosecution. Amnesty International Canada cautions against this move, saying that criminal charges must be saved for situations where safety, lives or serious concerns about property damage are at stake. People have the right to nonviolent, peaceful protest.