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Extinction Rebellion West Kootenay stages rally outside office of Forestry Minister

Lone Sheep Publishing
By Lone Sheep Publishing
May 26th, 2021

More than seventy concern citizens from Extinction Rebellion West Kootenay staged a rally outside the office of Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy Tuesday in Castlegar to show solidarity with the blockade at Fairy Creek on southern Vancouver Island.

Protestors are upset with the decisions by the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to harvest old growth forests in the Fairy Creek watershed.

“Minister Conroy’s constituents are not going to stand by and let her office and the NDP government put this majestic stand of old-growth forest on the chopping block,” a Facebook post by DonaPaul Grace-Campbell said.

Tuesday’s rally was held in conjunction rallies in Vancouver calling for an end to colonial violence, the logging of biodiverse old-growth, and the RCMP’s exclusion zone on Pacheedaht territory.

The focus of the gathering was to pressure Minister Conroy to stop the logging of Old Growth forests in BC, starting with the location known to us as the Fairy Creek blockade. 

“The old growth forests are essential to preserve biodiversity and also serve as one of the highest functioning carbon sinks on earth,” said Miguel, a high school student from Nelson.

“The BC government is breaking its promise by actively facilitating the destruction of these forests as peaceful protestors at Fairy Creek are being treated with illegal suppression and violence by the authorities.”

This group, consisting of high school students, grandparents, mums and babies, youth, health care workers, forestry workers and many other concerned citizens, gathered outside the Castlegar office before staging a march that disrupted traffic in the downtown core.

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