19 Mar Artists Against Pipeline Expansion Fundraiser | March 18, 2017
Artists Against Pipeline Expansion held their first (inaugural) event at the Russian Hall in Strathcona last night (March 18, 2017). Local and international musicians and poets performed to raise money for the legal cases the Tsleil-Waututh and Coldwater Nations are filing against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
The event was mc’d by Renae Morisseau, a singer, musician, actress, and activist and member of M’Girl Music, and Aboriginal women’s ensemble. Nearly 200 people came to the hall to hear speakers and performers voice their opposition to the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion the extends from Edmonton, Alberta, across British Columbia and the Fraser River watershed to Burnaby, BC.
The night began with an opening message from elected Tsleil-Waututh councillor and activist Charlene Aleck. Joan Philip and her husband Grand Chief Stuart Philip followed with emotional messages and stories about the environmental and economic dangers posed by the pipelines to our fragile and vulnerable lands.
And then the night began with performance after charged performance in support of global spirit and resistance to oppression, poverty, and coercion.