SFU Hosts an Evening with Heiltsuk Coast Protectors in Vancouver: Open to all
The Labour Studies Program is supporting a film screening and discussion next week to raise funds and awareness for the Heilstuk Nation’s legal challenge following the sinking of the Nation E. Stewart in their coastal waters:
In 2016 a tug without a certified pilot ran aground and spilled over 110,000 liters of diesel oil in Heiltsuk waters on the central coast of British Columbia. The tug and attached barge were carrying diesel through Heiltsuk waters despite Heiltsuk prohibition of oil transport through their marine harvesting areas. The Heiltsuk are suing the owner of the tug, Kirby Corporation, and the governments of Canada and B.C. Their case seeks to challenge the constitutionality of Canada’s oil spill response; compensate the Heiltsuk for cultural and economic losses due to the spill; and establish Heiltsuk Aboriginal title to reserve lands, near-shore and seabed in Seaforth Channel and surrounding areas.
The event is being held at Woodwards and is open to all; tickets are by donation, and refreshments will be served. We’re excited to be hosting Megan Humchitt, Heiltsuk Tribal Council, who will be joining a panel discussion following the film.