Paddle 2016

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2016 is the year that Site C will go down!

Join us to support and celebrate the on-going integrity of the precious Peace River Valley.

11th Annual Paddle for the Peace

Saturday July 9, 2016

Details and Registration from the 2015 event below

Join us to celebrate protection of the integrity of the Peace River Valley at this unique event. Bring your canoes, kayaks or rafts and participate in a leisurely paddle down a portion of the incredibly scenic Peace River Valley, presently under threat by the unnecessary Site C dam.


Even if you don’t have watercraft, please feel free to join us on shore at the launch or takeout.

When:
Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Registration:
In person, at the event 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
$10 per person; 13 and under free.

Launch:
12 noon at the Halfway River Bridge on Hwy 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope, BC.

Free hot breakfast:
9 – 11 a.m. at the launch site.

Take out:
Bear Flat on Hwy 29, approximately 1.5 hr paddle downstream of the launch site. (There is a shuttle bus available to bring you back to get your vehicle from the launch site.)

Free BBQ lunch:

At the take-out, Bear Flat. Starting at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by Prophet River First Nation.

Directions to the morning celebration:

  • From Hudson’s Hope or Fort St. John take Highway 29
  • Halfway River bridge  is 25 minutes from Fort St. John towards Hudson’s Hope.  You will see the traffic and signs.
  • From Prince George take Highway 29 at Chetwynd towards Hudson’s Hope.
  •  Halfway River bridge is approximately 30 minutes from Hudson’s Hope towards Fort St. John.

Important Safety Notes

  • This is a family-oriented, alcohol-free event.
  • This year’s Paddle will take approximately 1 .5 hours on the river;  participants must remember to bring snacks, water, sunscreen, rain gear, etc.
  • Life jackets are mandatory for all participants. Please bring any extra life jackets you may have to share with others.
  • Be prepared for the elements – it may be hot, rainy.. who knows – so pack for all weather.
  • Launch and takeout points will be well marked and managed by traffic control people.
  • Motor boats accompany the flotilla in case anyone gets into trouble.
  • A shuttle will take paddlers back to the launch location.

Sponsors:
This event is organized and sponsored jointly by the Peace Valley Environment Association and West Moberly First Nations.

Join us!
This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with hundreds of others who appreciate and want to protect the Peace River Valley.

Please share this invite with your friends!:)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers and Entertainment Line-up:

Morning at Launch – Halfway River

EMCEE for the day:  Joe Foy

Speakers start at 10:30 a.m. – please be sure to bring a chair if you need one so you can enjoy this great line-up of speakers!:)

  • Chief Roland Willson, WMFN
  • PVEA – Ken Forest
  • Chief Lynette Tsakoza (unconfirmed)
  • PVLA – unconfirmed
  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Joan Phillip
  • Lana Popham, BC NDP
  • Y2Y – Candace Batycki
  • Sierra Club BC – Ana Simeon
  • Wilderness Committee – Joe Foy
  • Amnesty International – Craig Benjamin
  • Professors – Karen Bakker & Rita Wong
  • George Heyman, BC NDP
  • George Desjarlais – prayer song

Afternoon at take-out – Bear Flat

1:15 p.m. Music:  Luke Wallace

FN Drummers as canoes start to come in

2:00 p.m.

  • Raging Grannies
  • PVLA – Ken and Arlene Boon
  • Art Napoleon
  • Sheila Malcolmson, MP, NDP Nanaimo-Ladysmith
  • Jody Peck – My Peace River song
  • Presentation by Chief Willson to Elizabeth May
  • Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
  • Rita Wong- poem
  • Susan Smitten – RAVEN
  • Sam Gargon, Co-chair with Keepers of the Water (and Mayor of Fort Providence)
  • Keepers of the Water – Caleb Behn
  • Wendy Holm, agricultural economist

Music:  Local band plus Luke Wallace

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A selection of Cindy Vincent’s gorgeous “Peace River” canvas prints will be available at Paddle for the Peace. Help support PVEA’s work to protect the Peace Valley by purchasing a painting from this renowned local artist who so generously supports our campaign.
https://keepingthepeace.wordpress.com/purchase-a-painting/

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We are super excited to announce that Miss Quincy will be performing “I Belong Right Here” from her My Peace River album at the takeout at the Paddle this year!! Not only that, she is releasing her My Peace River on July 9th as well!  All proceeds from this EP go to West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations legal costs against Site C.

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Many thanks to our generous Sponsors!

MtnPat       TidesFoundation

 

New Y2Y May 2014         T8TA-prophet

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Background Information:

Paddle for the Peace is a joint project of the West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) and the Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA).

The Peace River Valley is currently under threat by the Site C dam. The dam will flood 83 km of the valley; and the river would be widened by up to 5 times in places, washing away over 30,000 acres of farmland and over 17,000 acres of boreal forest.

For detailed information on the many issues of concern with Site C, please visit PVEA’s informative website at www.SaveBCfromSiteC.ca.  You will find links to reports from experts as well as details on action alerts and updates associa

ted with our campaign. Donations can also be made through the site.

For continual up-to-date information on the campaign, joint PVEA on Facebook at Peace Valley Environment Association or on Twitter @SavePeaceValley.

To send a letter to politicans, please visit PVEA’s letter writing website at www.RealSiteCHearings.org.

The Paddle is an opportunity to show your support for protecting the Peace River Valley from this unnecessary and devastating project.  Join hundreds of other fun and caring individuals as we celebrate the river and promote protection of its existing integrity.

The Peace Valley Environment Association(PVEA) was formed in 1975 to counter BC Hydro and Power Authority’s original proposal to build the Site C dam. Many original PVEA members were farmers and ranchers, but membership broadened to include residents from a variety  of interests and backgrounds, both rural and urban. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council denied the original application for the hydroelectric project in 1983, but predicted population growth and BC Hydro’s estimated energy demands have brought the threat to the Peace River Valley to the forefront again.

The West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) is a member of the Dunne-Za (Beaver), and are signatories of Treaty 8, along with Saulteau, Doig River, Halfway River, Blueberry River, Prophet River and Fort Nelson First Nations. Many WMFN members live on the West Moberly Indian Reserve, at the west end of Moberly Lake, north of Chetwynd, as well as other communities in Northeast BC.

We do not take advance registration for this event.  You register upon arrival.  There are always speakers and often musical entertainment.  Some years we have been entertained by First Nations dancers and cultural displays and a BBQ lunch is often provided.  Stay tuned for this years’ details.

Be sure to bring a rain jacket, chair and/or blanket to sit on at the launch and takeout!  Don’t forget your water bottles too!  Looking forward to seeing you all!

For a taste of what the Paddle is like, please view this excellent video by Damien Gillis of the Common Sense Canadian:  http://commonsensecanadian.ca/VIDEO-detail/video-paddle-for-peace-builds-momentum-against-site-c-dam-david-suzuki-damien-gillis/

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