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SECWEPEMC TERRITORY / KAMLOOPS — As the Federal Liberal cabinet meets in Kelowna, members of the Secwepemc Nation are constructing the first of ten tiny houses that they plan to put directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
The tiny house, based on a design from allies at Standing Rock, is being constructed on unceded Secwepemc territory — the largest Indigenous territory Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline plans to cross.
The house is a symbol of the community’s opposition to the pipeline and a message to the Trudeau government that the pipeline does not have Secwepemc consent, a right protected under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Given that a spill is virtually inevitable, the 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen the pipeline would carry through 518 kilometres of Secwepemc land pose ongoing threats to the community, its culture, traditional homelands and waters.
Members of the media are invited to visit the build site tomorrow, Thursday, September 7th.
WHAT: Construction of the first of ten tiny homes the Secwepemc “Tiny House Warriors” plan to put in Kinder Morgan’s pipeline path.
WHEN: Thursday, September 7th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Secwepemc Territory / Kamloops (contact for directions).
WHO: Members of the Secwepemc Nation, including spokesperson Kanahus Manuel of the Secewepemc Women’s Warrior Society.
DETAILS: Members from the Secwepemc community will be available to interview onsite and by phone. The build site will be open to media to access and take photos or video. If you would like to attend the build or cannot attend but would like to book a telephone interview, please contact Kanahus Manuel.
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