A traditional four day spiritual fast offered up sacred prayers for the waters and all life as Trans Mountain plans to drill and pull pipe through a 1.4 linear km hole under the Fraser River, the most vital waterway in British Columbia, diverting 26 million litres of water.
Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith band of the Secwepemc Nation and Sara Cadeau, Anishinaabe kwe, aunty, community organizer and traditional wellness practitioner, held a four-day ceremonial fast at the Fraser River in September calling on colonial Canada to cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The event followed a Save the Fraser ceremony led by Kukpi7 Judy Wilson in partnership with Dogwood in May of 2021.
Construction of the pipeline will have devastating and irreversible impacts on salmon, fish, and traditional cultural uses of the waters by local Indigenous peoples. The possibility of spills of diluted bitumen risk the land where the pipeline crosses and the waters through which oil supertankers will transport the toxic stuff down to refineries in California.