Mae Burrows has worked in education and environmental protection with a focus on river and ocean health. From stopping major water diversions such as Kemano Completion on the Nechako River, to forcing sewage upgrades, to preventing hazardous chemicals in the work place, her work has been guided by social justice and community health concerns. She has been acknowledged with awards like the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, SFU Outstanding Alumni and YWCA Woman of Distinction.

Mae is one of the organizers of a free public symposium on Site C – “We are all Treaty people” – at Douglas College in New Westminister from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Thursday, July 5.

Why should Site C be halted?

“Damming river systems must become a thing of the past. The Peace is a unique and rich eco-system that must not be destroyed for power we don’t need. The decision to go forward was not based on evidence and ignored the recommendations of the BC Utility Commission. Most of all, it put a lie to our governments’ promises to respect Indigenous rights.”

What can we do to stop it?

“When I was a little girl growing up in Haney, we knew that something was wrong at the Mission Indian School. But I was too little to do anything and no one talked about those things. Now I’m an adult and I insist that my representatives do not repeat the abuse by flooding Indigenous people off their land. Government must fulfill the Honour of the Crown and stop Site C. At the very least, the provincial government and Hydro should not be fighting the West Moberly and Prophet River nations in their court case to defend their Treaty 8 rights.”

Pledge to follow the court case and speak out.

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