Join Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Make Some Fracking Noise!

Do you wish there were more events like that? Then join Rising Tide! We’re having a new members meeting this Monday.

Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories – New Members Meeting
When: Monday October 19 at 7:00pm
Where: Spartacus Books, 3378 Findlay Street (near Commercial/Broadway Station)

The open meeting will be a chance for you to find out more about Rising Tide: who we are, what we do and why we do it. We’ll talk about Rising Tide’s values, tactics and approach to organizing, go over what we’re working on at the moment, and answer any questions you have. The aim of the evening is for us all to get to know each other a bit, and to help you decide if Rising Tide is the group for you.

We encourage folks to read our basis of unity ( and security culture document ( before the meeting, as we’ll be discussing them there.

If you have any questions about getting involved please email us Also, please tell us if you have any accessibility needs for the meeting, and/or if you’re keen to get involved but can’t make that date, so we can let you know about future open meetings.

Please RSVP to and let us know if you’re coming or if you’re unable to make it but would like information about another open meeting in future.

Looking forward to meet you soon,
from the Rising Tide collective

Clean Energy and Wild Salmon, Not LNG! Community groups, local residents and Indigenous land defenders take to the streets to protest the International LNG in BC Conference

Media Release
October 15, 2015

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Coast Salish Territories, VANCOUVER – Hundreds of people gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre yesterday to Make Some Fracking Noise – A Community Noise Demo – an event to oppose the International LNG in B.C. Conference. They were joined by representatives from some communities impacted by LNG (liquefied natural gas) development across the province.

“This conference is a greenwashed sham. LNG lobbyists and our so-called leaders are inside pushing their financial agendas with no regard for frontline communities, indigenous sovereignty, or future generations,” said Allison Dixon of Rising Tide. “While the world is waking up to the climate crisis, BC LNG is far away from a just transition to a sustainable future.”

From blockades and checkpoints to legal actions, the assertion of First Nations’ sovereignty and the fight against LNG is intensifying in Northern B.C. The Unist’ot’en continue to enact the ancient Free Prior and Informed Consent protocol before allowing anyone on to their territory.

Yesterday, Luutkudziiwus, a 600 member House Group of the Gitxsan Nation, announced that they will be filing a legal challenge over the BC regulatory permits awarded to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline that would supply gas to the Petronas LNG plant on Lelu Island.

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“Our Madii Lii territory is not to be played with by the province of BC in their LNG game. Clark’s LNG dream is a nightmare for us,” said Hereditary Chief Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright). “While she paints a shiny picture of LNG in their conference this week, the reality is that First Nations are being bulldozed, and we have had enough”.

Tsimshian land defenders, who have re-occupied their traditional territory of Lelu Island to protect Flora Banks from the Petronas LNG project, also spoke to the crowd. “We are protecting Lelu Island, Flora Banks, and the Skeena River from the LNG plant that would destroy our salmon. Like my father, Chief Yahaan says: If you take away the fish, you take away the people,” said Joey Wesley, of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe of Lax Kw’alaams.

Photo: No Jobs On A Cooked Planet

Photo: Eric Doherty

Closer to home, environmental, health and safety concerns continue to mount in Squamish, Delta, and Vancouver Island in response to an onslaught of proposed LNG projects and their supertankers. “The Clark government should be having real public debate about whether we want our water, jobs and resources invested in yet another fossil fuel that puts the health and safety of communities across this province at risk,” said Emma Lui, national water campaigner for the Council of Canadians. “If these LNG terminals are built, fracking in northern B.C. will continue to expand and put a strain on water and climate and at the expense of green jobs”.

The noise demo was held as part of the #Flood the System grassroots mobilization, as communities across Canada and the United States are saying “no” to the root causes of the climate crisis in the lead-up to COP 21 in Paris.


Media Contacts:

Richard Wright, House of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation: 250-842-8974
Allison Dixon, Rising Tide, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories: 778 -679-6784
Emma Lui, Council of Canadians: 604-318-7499 @CouncilofCDNS

Solidarity for Housing Justice

It’s 2015 and the deadline for the City of Vancouver’s pledge to end homeless is here. Instead of working to build real responses to the homelessness crisis, the city has continued to look the other way. Homelessness has increased while the city has stood by as projects like Gallery Gachet and the Carnegie Community Action Project have had their funding threatened. And all the while rents creep ever higher. The cost of housing is oppressive for most people who live here, but it is a matter of life and death for the poor.

Front line communities across so-called BC are bearing the brunt of capitalist austerity policies that continue to ensure profits for the few on the backs of poor, working class, and racialized communities. How many people face a future of precarious employment due to the overseas outsourcing of even more greatly exploited labour? How many people in the North have been displaced to make way for pipelines, dams and other mega-projects? How many find that their best option is to work in towns like Kitimat or Fort McMurray, away from their communities and loved ones? How many indigenous communities find the land that once gave them life is now being polluted and destroyed? In other words, how many people have been displaced from their homes because the economic base there collapsed due to environmental destruction?

Meanwhile here in Vancouver developers get tax breaks, landlords benefit with the absence of adequate rent controls, and the gentrification of neighbourhoods continues to line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of those who lived there.

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Make Some Fracking Noise – Community Noise Demo

PowerPoint PresentationOn October 14th an international conference for LNG is going to be held here in Vancouver. We’d like to give them the welcome we think they deserve.

WHAT: Make Some Fracking Noise – A Community Noise Demo

WHEN: Wednesday October 14th @ 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1055 Canada Place – Meet at the Olympic Cauldron (near Waterfront Skytrain Station). We will go on a short march to visit some fracking corporations and end up at Canada Place (999 Canada Pl.) where the conference is being held.

WHY: Because alternatives that are better for the people, better for the land, and better for the future make sense and “drill baby drill,” no matter what the cost, doesn’t!

HOW: Bring your artful signs, banners and other messages and BRING YOUR NOISE MAKERS! Continue reading

Calling all environmental justice activists! #RefugeesWelcome

Refugees WelcomeThe two small boys whose bodies washed up on a Turkish beach Wednesday were Kurdish refugees from Kobane, Syria, whose family had been desperately trying to emigrate to Canada. Recent news about the death of the two small boys and their mother has brought light to the fact that Canada is in fact not only unwelcoming to refugee migrants, but also creating situations in which they are forced to risk their lives.

In response to this tragic situation Canadians are calling for support:
Environmental Justice groups will be joining our allies to say #RefugeesWelcome in Canada!

Increasingly, environmental factors, often caused by wars of the elite and conflicts over resource extraction, have become a leading cause of forced migration and displacement around the world. The Harper government refuses to take meaningful action on climate change and environmental regulation domestically and internationally, dooming millions to migrate due to drought, desertification, rising sea levels, and chemical pollution. At the same time, the Harper government’s policies entrench racist, anti-immigrant policies. Continue reading

Urgent: Support Request for Fundraising for Unist’ot’en Camp

In light of recent events at the Unist’ot’en camp there is an urgent call for support to set up a legal fund. We are hoping to raise $10,000 in a few days – with your help!

An immediate way to donate is through a fundraising initiative already set up here:

All funds from this event will go directly to the Unist’ot’en Camp Healing Center as well as their Legal Fund, as per the request by Freda Huson. And, because you donate through this site pay pal will not be pocketing 8 percent. Every penny goes to the Unist’ot’en and their fight to protect the land.

Even though the fundraiser link is for a ticketed event, you can donate without having to attend. Anyone from anywhere can purchase a ticket and you can change the amount to be higher than the 25$. Your help at this time is greatly appreciated.

You can also donate through email transfer at Please send an email to and answer the security question so they can access the funds.

A final option is to make a cheque out to: Tse Wedi Eith (rocks flowing) with legal fund on the line and mail it to same name: 620 CN Station Rd, Smithers, BC V0J 2N1.

Aug 4 – Open Meeting

We’re hosting an open meeting for folks interested in joining the Rising Tide Collective – Tuesday, August 4, 7-8pm at Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory).
We would love to see you there! Please RSVP to

The open meeting will be a chance for you to find out more about Rising Tide: who we are, what we do and why we do it. We’ll talk about Rising Tide’s values, tactics and approach to organizing, go over what we’re working on at the moment, and answer any questions you have. The aim of the evening is for us all to get to know each other a bit, and to help you decide if Rising Tide is the group for you. Continue reading