The fight to save old-growth trees on Canada’s West Coast reveals a rift between some First Nation leaders and the protesters – The Star

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The fight to save old-growth trees on Canada’s West Coast reveals a rift between some First Nation leaders and the protesters – The Star

by ahnationtalk on June 14, 202118 Views

June 13, 2021

PORT RENFREW, B.C.—News travels the old-fashioned way in the off-grid, makeshift village that serves as the headquarters of the Fairy Creek blockade — through gossip.

Seniors in camping clothes and brimmed hats, younger activists and a small gathering of Indigenous youth talk over bowls of soup cooked in the community kitchen, or while hanging out the back of camper vans, about what to do now that a substantial part of the cause they’re fighting for has been won.

They’re all here — hundreds of activists using nicknames such as “Elk,” “Firewolf” and “Snarkypants” — on this strip of logging road set up with a kitchen cabin, cellphone charging stations and holes for toilets, to fight old-growth logging in the pristine Fairy Creek watershed on southern Vancouver Island.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/06/13/inside-the-showdown-over-old-growth-logging-a-tangle-of-indigenous-sovereignty-ambitious-protesters-and-bcs-big-money-industry.html

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