First Nations react to Enbridge hearings with downtown art installation

In contrast with yesterday’s loud Enbridge protests, First Nations have joined with artists and conservation groups to create a large art installation in downtown Vancouver as a visual expression of their opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker traffic in B.C.

Called “Hope,” the 25-foot long representation of a whale is on display downtown until January 18, during the community hearings for Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers.

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“Coastal First Nations have declared a ban on oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest in order to say yes to healthy and sustainable livelihoods and cultures,” said Art Sterritt, executive director of Great Bear Initiative. “Hope the Whale demonstrates the broad-based opposition to tankers on our coast.”

The artist, Kim Cooper, said, “We wanted to ensure that people had the opportunity to convey what they are fighting for – be it salmon, clean water, green jobs, a livable climate or whatever else motivates them – not just what they are opposing.

“Hope the Whale grew out of a desire to create a fun, positive experience that everyone can participate in.”

Hope the Whale will be on display at Nelson Park from noon until 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. January 17 and 18.

Yesterday, hundreds of protestors descended upon the Sheraton Wall Centre where the Joint Panel Review hearings are taking place. The protest was described as peaceful by Vancouver police, but the activists were barred from entering the building as the first statements were being heard.

Via Business in Vancouver

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