On Friday July 3rd, Haida Gwaii came together on Masset inlet to show their support for a Tanker-Free ocean, and rode the tide from Gaauu (Old Massett) to Masset harbour. Part of Pull Together’s “Week to End Enbridge,” the ‘Ride the Tide’ event shaped up in true Haida Gwaii style with Christian and Candace’s Haida Canoe alongside paddle boarders and kayakers from across the islands. There was a crush of people, naaniis (grandmothers), youth and spectators all along the shore following the action and cheering on the paddlers.
A huge thank you/haw’aa to Christian White and Candace Weir for bringing the canoe out. As well to Guy Kimola for documenting the event so well, and Jim Hart and his crew for coming out to show their support. Haw’aa to Harmony and Old Massett Youth Centre for providing rides. A big haw’aa/thank you to all who came out to paddle and take show that Haida Gwaii stands unified in protection of our waters!
Please read the latest letter from the CHN presenting the affirmation by Haida Hereditary Chiefs, Band Councils and citizens stating the continuing role of the Council of the Haida Nation in representing all Haidas, and their continuing opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.
Please read this open letter from the Council to the Haida Nation regarding the efforts companies like Enbridge are making to buy people off from First Nations communities in order to push their pipeline through.
Kaalts’ida Kah, Laughing Crow Productions is proud to announce the release of their newest Animation, a music video for recording artist Kinnie Star called Save Our Waters. Prime Minister Harper sets out on the maiden voyage of the supertanker Bitumen Valdez and is met by opposition out on the waters in the form of a floatilla of canoes, fishing boats and killerwhales!
Haida carver Gwaai Edenshaw has released photos of the detailed bronze and silver pendants that he has cast from the masks of characters from the Haida animation Haida Raid 2. These pendants are rewards for the Indiegogo campaign to support the production of the animation’s sequel, Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters.
Two Haida Gwaii Semester students have created an online presence for their Photo Voice project about “What’s at Stake” when we face the threat of increased tanker traffic on the BC coast. Haida and non-Haida speak about the sealife and interdependency that exists on the islands and how their value is present in people’s everyday lives. The project sets out with the following questions:
How does supertanker traffic affect (community) well-being in a coastal community?
What do you appreciate most about living in an intertidal zone?
What is your connection to the waterways along the super tanker route?