BC Old Growth Blockade

Thank you for supporting the Old Growth Blockade!

This is a volunteer driven, grassroots, direct-action movement to protect the last remaining ancient temperate rainforests on Vancouver Island.

We are currently active on unceded Pacheedaht territory, holding down two blockade positions on logging roads leading into the unlogged Fairy Creek watershed, the last intact watershed in the San Juan river system.


Old-growth forests in trouble! 

Between successive British Columbia governments and the logging companies, old-growth forests currently face near-total eradication.

On Vancouver Island alone, 32 soccer fields per day of old-growth temperate rainforest – representing the last 1% of these rare, irreplaceable and internationally significant forests – are logged every day.

In a downwardly spiraling climate and biodiversity crisis, which threatens the future of all life on Earth, this situation calls for widespread non-violent civil disobedience.

We operate under the banner of # oldgrowthblockade.

We are organized by 100% volunteer labor and spontaneous, community-driven mobilization.

We seek mutually respectful alliances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous forest defenders to protect their lands, which have never been ceded or surrendered. These sovereign nations have stewarded this land since time immemorial. But much of their land has been destroyed by generations of colonial/capitalist resource exploitation and abuse.

 
Your help is needed!

 - Campers are  welcomed to join us to defend this pristine old-growth forest. Contact us at: oldgrowthblockade.com

 - Donate: Every contribution will help ensure our frontline forest defenders are looked after, safe and able to communicate with the outside world.

 
With your support, we have and will continue to build on:

1)    built and furnished an elder’s tent, to support visits from First Nations elders

2)    retained a legal team to challenge any potential court injunction that would have forest defenders arrested for standing up for these essential forests.

3)    purchased state of the art satellite communications technology. This enables us to ensure campers’ safety, and to bring the action on the frontlines to the media and supporters in real time.

4)    maintaining safe and comfortable winterized camps to ensure the forest can be protected despite the coming cold and rain

 
Chronology of Events

 - August 1: Discovery of Stone Pacific (subcontractor to Teal Jones) road construction cresting the ridge into the unlogged Fairy Creek watershed.

 - August 9: Grassroots activists from across Vancouver Island meet at Lizard Lake. To prevent the cutting, bulldozing and blasting activity into Fairy Creek headwater planned for the very next day, they decide to mount an emergency logging road blockade. This is set up at the end of Reid mainline, on a high ridge on the western side of Fairy Creek. Notice is sent to Pacheedhat First Nation Chief and Council and Elder Bill Jones of settler-activist intentions to block road-building operations on their unceded territory.

 - August 10: Ridge camp blockade turns away Stone Pacific road and falling crews. A call-out goes to the public to join the camp and defend against logging road construction into this last unlogged watershed in the San Juan River system.

- August 17: A second blockade is established at another road access point into Fairy Creek, at River Camp, along Granite mainline in the Renfrew Creek watershed, on the east side of Fairy Creek.

 - August 24th: A temporary, pop-up blockade is set up on Truck Road 11. It is aimed at halting road-building and logging of old-growth forests on Edinburgh Mountain, across from Fairy Creek in the San Juan river basin.

 - August 31: Ridge Camp blockade is moved 7kms down the road to a new blockade location. This one is aimed at halting road-construction into Fairy Creek and logging of contiguous old-growth forest adjacent to the Fairy Creek watershed.

 - September 4-6: Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones releases an official letter of invitation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous forest defenders to unite on the Territory as his guests to defend the old-growth rainforests on his ancestral lands. A delegation of Indigenous youth and Elders from many territories visit the blockades to further advise on appropriate respect protocols for forest defenders taking action on the land. An Elder's tent is built at River Camp and structural work begins to center decolonial values.

 
Links for more information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBnhktwJIo4&t=7s

Donations

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  • Bruce Nicol 
    • $50 
    • 1 hr
  • Ann Rinehart  
    • $25 
    • 1 hr
  • M Jane Rees 
    • $100 
    • 3 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 12 hrs
  • Eric Leib 
    • $100 
    • 14 hrs
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Organizer

Yogi Shambu 
Organizer
Victoria, BC
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