History has been made by the Kinder Morgan resistance.

Years from now, people are going to look back at March 2018 as a moment when history was made.

For anyone with a social media account or with eyes on any national media outlet, in the last week, you will have seen a wave of enormous, inspiring, and historic resistance to the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline and tanker project.

Watch: the beauty of 10,000 people standing in resistance to Kinder Morgan.

10,000 people strong

It all started days after Kinder Morgan called for an injunction banning peaceful demonstrations within a 50 meter radius of its terminal facility (they were rebuked for this ridiculous request, with a judge granting the Texas oil company a 5 meter injunction). In response, the largest ever mobilization to date against the project took place on March 10th when 10,000 people marched in solidarity with Coast Salish spiritual leaders who simultaneously built a watch house, called Kwekwecnewtxw, on the path of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Burnaby Mountain. “My ancestors built Kwekwecnewtxw — “a place to watch from’ — when danger threatened our people,” Tsleil-Waututh member Will George said. “Danger threatens our people now, as Kinder Morgan tries to send hazardous diluted bitumen through our territory.” That day, Coast Salish spiritual leaders went on to extend an invitation to their friends, allies, and supporters to “warrior up” in the fight against Kinder Morgan and join bold actions to protect the land, water, and climate from Kinder Morgan.

Almost 200 arrests on Burnaby Mountain

People were eager to heed this call. From March 17th — 24th, 172 people were arrested at the gates of the Kinder Morgan facility on Burnaby Mountain.

Watch: 170+ arrests on Burnaby Mountain

Solidarity from Coast to Coast

In the midst of all this, people across the country were taking action as well. On March 23rd, people in over 50 communities all across Canada flooded the offices of Liberal MPs and Cabinet Ministers to deliver water samples from the coast of British Columbia. Thousands participated all across the country to call on their MPs to stand up to defend the water from Kinder Morgan. They truly proved that resistance to Kinder Morgan stretches from coast to coast and that this project most certainly is not in our national interest.

Watch: A summary of 50+ actions across Canada

A Global Fight

Since March 23rd, people around the world began sending emails to and calling Canadian embassies with a message that Kinder Morgan is not in our global interest. Over 20,000 messages have poured in to Canadian embassies from all around the world.

Giving Trudeau a West Coast Welcome

In other plans, when Prime Minister Trudeau pays a visit to Vancouver for a fundraiser on April 5th, we’re planning to give him a real welcome by showing him that he’s bound to lose all support here on the Salish Coast if he continues backing Kinder Morgan. Click here to join.

Resistance is here to stay.

And on a final note, resistance to Kinder Morgan is here to stay. Bold actions will continue on Burnaby Mountain until we stop Kinder Morgan from trampling over Indigenous rights, devastating the coast, and wrecking our climate by building its TransMountain pipeline and tanker project. To join bold actions or to donate to the Watch House, click here.

!0,000 people marching to #ProtecttheInlet on Burnaby Mountain on March 10th. Photo Credit: Rogue Collective



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