People's Procession & Rally Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

  • Coast Salish Territories

Call to Action! 

Join us on Saturday, April 12, rain or shine, as we walk, float and rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. 

Burnaby Residents Opposing the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion (BROKE) is organizing a People's Procession & Rally on Saturday, April 12th to raise community awareness and voice opposition to Kinder Morgan’s plan to build a new pipeline to carry crude bitumen at extremely high pressure from the Alberta tar sands to Burrard Inlet. We are concerned about the many effects this could have: the disregard for First Nations rights, the erosion of democracy, the increase in oil tanker traffic, the increased size of the tank farm on Burnaby Mountain, the effect on health and safety in Burnaby and elsewhere, and the impact on our watersheds, air quality and climate change!

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Our message is simple... THE PIPELINE ENDS HERE!

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The People’s Procession will follow the existing and proposed oil and gas pipelines, "mapping" them as they cut across the City of Burnaby. It will begin at 10:00am with an opening ceremony in Forest Grove Park. The walkers will follow the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline route heading west, stopping briefly for a rest in Squint Lake Park, before winding its way north to where a large rally will take place at 1:00pm in Westridge Park. The rally will feature music, speakers, poetry, comedy and more. From there the procession will conclude it's journey to Westridge Marine Terminal, the end of the line for tar sands shipments before they are put on tankers and sent abroad, where a "flotilla" of boats, canoes and kayaks organized by North Shore NOPE will be visible on the Burrard Inlet.

This is a family-friendly event, with activities, speakers, artists and refreshments. Everyone is welcome! 

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How can you be involved?

WALK WITH US!
There are three points where you can join the procession: 
• 10:00-10:30am * Forest Grove Park
• 12:00-12:30pm * Squint Lake Park
• 2:30-3:30pm * Walk from Westridge Park to Kinder Morgan Marine Terminal
• You are encouraged to bring good walking shoes, snacks and plenty of water!

RALLY WITH US!
• 1:00-2:30pm * Westridge Park * Join us for speakers, music and refreshments.

FLOAT WITH NS NOPE!
• Join the "flotilla," being organized by NSNOPE (North Shore Neighbours Opposing Pipeline Expansion). 
• Grab your canoe, kayak, sail or motor boat and meet at Cates Park (near the public dock) at 12 pm
• Begin the float over to Westridge area at 2 pm, to make a symbolic connection with the procession at 2:45-3:00 pm
*** Looking to rent a canoe or kayak this day? Deep Cove Kayak and Canoe is offering 50% off rentals for floatilla members:www.deepcovekayak.com

We encourage creative and fun expression! We also encourage you to organize your own group of friends or neighbors who share a common interest or passion and find a creative way to show it during the day's events. Whether you're an artist, a teacher, a parent, a student, an animal lover, a kayaker, a member of a church, a golfer, a farmer, a librarian, a yogi, a construction worker, a hockey fan or a scientist, you probably know some people who care about their home and have a creative way to show it. Come as you are and bring some friends!


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Event Partners:
• The Sacred Trust initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (http://twnsacredtrust.ca/)
• Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) 
• North Shore NOPE : No Pipeline Expansion 
• Wilderness Committee
• VTACC - Voters on Climate Change (www.vtacc.org)
• Forest Ethics Advocacy (www.forestethics.org)
• Sustainable SFU (www.sustainablesfu.orgwww.ancientforestalliance.org/)
• Vancouver Ecosocialist Group
• Vancouver Folk Song Society
• Pacific Wild Alliance (https://pacificwild.org/)
• BCEN - BC Environmental Network (www.ecobc.org)
• FORPA - Forest Protection Allies Association 
• Council of Canadians; Vancouver- Burnaby Chapter and British Columbia & Yukon Regional Office
• Sierra Club BC (http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/)


Confirmed Speakers:
Carleen Thomas - The Sacred Trust initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Shamentsut Slhanay - Greenpeace / Squamish First Nation
Kennedy Stewart MP
Forest Ethics Advocacy
Wilderness Committee
Stephen Collis - Poet / Rising Tide

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This event will be held on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories.
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TRANSPORTATION:
There is limited parking at all of our locations. ***We strongly encourage you to take public transportation to any and all of these events!***


ACCESSIBILITY:

The Procession is 6km long in total with two stops along the way. Most of our walk is on smooth paved road, but some of the walk is on wide gravel road. There are a few mild inclines, in particular between Forest Grove and Squint Lake and on the final loop from Westridge Park. We encourage people with limited mobility to join us for our rally at Westridge Park, but all are welcome.

Restrooms at Forest Grove Park and Squint Lake are fully accessible; the porto-potties at Westridge Park may not be.

PLEASE let us know if you have any accessibility requirements that we can meet to make this event accessible to you.