Stand for Water is a BC film tour featuring the new documentary Uprivers, starring Jacinda Mack, of the Xat’sull First Nation.
This film was shot on location in both Xat’sull (Soda Creek) and in Ketchikan, Alaska.
The film is about addressing the impacts from the Mount Polley mine disaster and cleaning up mining in BC to protect clean water and empower First Nations, told through the experiences of Jacinda Mack of Xat’sull. It is also the story of Carrie James, a Haida and Tlingit woman from Alaska, and her fears of living downstream from BC mines that are being built and managed in the same way as Mount Polley.
In addition to the 30 minute documentary, Jacinda will be giving a short presentation on the work she is involved in to help clean up BC’s mining industry to protect clean water – the film and speaking tour begins in Secwepemc Territory, and will extend to other locations in BC – as a new campaign called “Stand for Water.”
Thursday, May 17. Doors open 6:30 pm. Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex – Gibraltar Room.
All are welcome. By Donation.
Stand for Water, a project of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM), is a movement to raise awareness of the threats mining operations pose to waterways throughout British Columbia and across the boundary into Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
Stand for Water is crossing British Columbia and northwestern United States, meeting with concerned communities about the impacts of mining projects. Along with local Indigenous leaders, we aim to build on the collaboration struck in the Tulalip Water Protection Declaration (2018) and work together to incorporate free, prior, and informed consent principles under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Mining is a fact of life, but current practices are threatening clean water necessary for sustaining life. Stand for Water is about changing outdated mining practices that harm the environment, while respecting long term sustainability and health of Indigenous and other impacted communities.
All are welcome – First Nations and local people who support clean water, protecting salmon, and updating mining laws. People are encouraged to bring questions, concerns and solutions to the event so that we can share them with the NDP government in Victoria this fall.
See you at the Gibraltar Room, May 17 at 7pm!