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Presenters

23/03/15

Bjorn Stime is a PhD student in Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He has been coordinating a response from graduate students with his discipline to protect academic integrity by not accepting funding from a predatory mining industry.

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20/03/15

Richard Wright is the spokesperson for the House of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation. In August 2014, Luutkudziiwus permanently closed their Madii Lii territory to fracked gas pipeline development.  They have taken full control of their land and resources, will be implementing sustainable economic development on the territory, and are pursuing the legal avenue of obtaining full Title to the land.

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19/03/15

Brett Rhyno is a former Toronto-based organizer who has joined the No Pipelines movement in BC with the principal goal of mobilizing support for front-line communities fighting fossil fuel infrastructure.

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03/02/15
Jakub Markiewicz - an 18 year old photographer who balances being an artist and on the frontline resistance. Jakub was part of the original crew of Caretakers who catalyzed the Burnaby Mountain stand-off and has been on the heels of Kinder Morgan surveyors ever since.
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17/03/15

Luis Corral is a member of the Peoples Assembly of Southern Ecuador that brings together mining-affected communities in Ecuador's southern highlands and southern Amazon. Since 2006, Luis has accompanied mining-affected communities, principally Shuar Indigenous communities in the area of the Condor mountain range in the southern Amazon. Luis is a longtime member of popular urban assemblies in Quito, Ecuador. He is an economist with specializations in environmental economics and ecology, currently working on a Master's degree in sociology.

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17/03/15

Miguel Mijangos works in the Costa Chica-Montaña region of Guerrero, Mexico and in the southern highlands of Oaxaca with Indigenous and campesino communities in processes of community and territorial planning. He belongs to the organization Comprehensive Processes for Peoples' Self-Governance, a collective that works closely with other organizations at the regional level and part of the Mexican Network of Mining Affected Peoples (REMA by its initials in Spanish), which undertakes strategies to address the extractive mining model.

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14/03/15

As a third generation settler living in the Quesnel River Watershed (QRW), Douglas wrote critical letters when the Imperial Metals Mt Polley mine was first proposed. On BC Day Aug. 4th, 2014, when the mines Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) burst, one of his worst nightmares spilled into one of BC's most important salmon watersheds. Please join in the movement to 'extract' justice to all who were responsible for this desecration. Besides working for mining corporation justice, Douglas is a BioDynamic farmer, Eco-Forestry consultant and member of Spirit Dance Cooperative Community.

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13/03/15
Will Koop is the founder and coordinator of the B.C. Tap Water Alliance (1997 to present, www.bctwa.org). He helped lead the fight through ongoing advocacy to re-protect Metro Vancouver’s watersheds (1991-1999), and has authored dozens of reports, most on the subject of community drinking watersheds and the struggles for their protection. He is also the author of a book, From Wisdom to Tyranny: A History of British Columbia’s Drinking Watershed Reserves (2006).
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12/03/15

Dan Lewis turned from kayak guiding to conservation activism in self defense—the lands he visited were being destroyed by clearcut logging. He has been active in the Clayoquot Sound movement for 25 years, and was one of the principal organizers of the Clayoquot Summer 1993 mass protests.

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08/03/15

Peter Kulchyski is Chair of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, and author of Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights (ARP Books)

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