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Seattle Solidarity Rally with the Burnaby Mountain Defenders

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Our Dear Friends and Beloved Relatives,

This is becoming a busy weekend with the Ceremonial Call to Protect the Sacred happening on Sunday (RSVP and more information here), but recent news of this is event is so important we could not let the words be left unsaid.

Our allies 350 Seattle and RisingTide Seattle are hosting an event tomorrow in Seattle in a standing show of support for our relatives and allies on Burnaby Mountain. Our allies on the mountain have kept constant vigil over the lands there, protecting it from the development of Kinder Morgan's TransMountain Pipeline survey work.

Just in the past two days, youth activist Tamo Campos (grandson of renown environmentalist David Suzuki) was arrested for peacefully protesting on Burnaby Mountain, speaking today to the crowd on site. Listen to his brief but completely inspiring words here: 

Join us at the peaceful protest outside of Kinder Morgan's Seattle facility to show your support for our brothers and sisters who are on Burnaby Mountain right now. Sundance Chief Rueben George will also be present tomorrow. Having just been in the heart of the protests on Burnaby, this will be an incredible opportunity to hear him speak from his first-hand experience on the mountain.


Event Description:
Lets gather on Sunday to express our support for those who have been arrested and all those who are protecting Burnaby Mountain from Kinder Morgan's survey work.

There's been a lot of talk lately about the Keystone XL pipeline and fortunately, for now, the Senate's attempt to approve the pipeline did not succeed.

But did you know that just 130 miles north of Seattle there is another huge tar sands pipeline with proposed plans to triple it's capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day, which would also lead to an increase of oil tanker traffic on the Salish Sea of more than 400 giant supertanker vessels per year? It is only a matter of time before just one of these supertankers spills their unconventional bitumen oil, devastating our precious waterways and decimating the fragile webs of life that depend on the water's safety and well-being.

This is the Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta's tar sands region to Burnaby, B.C. (close to Vancouver) and owned by the Texas-based company Kinder Morgan.

In the last few days, in a beautiful and powerful show of people power, Kinder Morgan crews have been met by a large number of citizens that have been blocking the company from conducting its oil pipeline survey work on Burnaby Mountain. They continue this inspiring work even though they have been slapped with a multimillion dollar injunction by Kinder Morgan. Twenty-six (26) residents have been arrested so far.

We will gather to show our support for all the folks across the border protecting their own communities, the impacted indigenous communities in Alberta, and the Salish Sea that binds us all together.

We'll gather for a brief rally and capture a photo that we can send to the Defenders of the Mountain in Burnaby. Then we will try to deliver or leave a message for Kinder-Morgan at their port offices.

This is a low-risk family friendly event.

This rally is been organized jointly between 350 Seattle and Rising Tide Seattle.

Come prepared for the weather!

RSVP and find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506085126332784/

We really hope to see you there. We've got to rise up and fight for what is Sacred to us. We've got to fight for what we love.

In Fierce Unity,
The Nawtsamaat Alliance Organizing Team

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Ceremonial Call to Protect and Restore the Sacred

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM

Beloved Relatives,

Please join us for this year's annual interspiritual celebration. Our theme is to Illumine, Protect and Restore the Sacred through Ceremony. You will join clergy and people from a richness of religious and spiritual traditions (and none) in our region in prayer for those who have been affected by the tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, with witness by Cedar George, student of the school and member of the Tulalip Tribe, who will address the grief and give thanks in gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community.

We will also pray for Mother Earth and affirm our call as people of faith and as members of the Nawtsamaat Alliance to protect and restore her health. The need for such compassionate action is growing in urgency every day as our increasingly pollution-based economy and the threats to the habitat are accelerating with the rush to increase the movement of fossil fuels through our region.


Date: November 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: St Patrick Church, 2702 Broadway Avenue E, Seattle

Free will donation will be appreciated
What will make this gathering particularly memorable is the generous participation of two highly regarded international indigenous spiritual leaders: Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. and Sundance Chief Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Coast Salish Nation, who are co-founders of the Nawtsamaat Alliance of Native Tribes and non-Native allies to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea. Nawtsamaat is a Coast Salish word meaning: "One house. One heart. One prayer. United in Power to Protect the Sacred."

You will be inspired by the richness of diversity in our community as we honor people of all tribes and spiritual traditions in an authentic indigenous ceremony. This will include the special ritual passing the Sacred Pipe of Crazy Horse honoring his prophecy foretelling the unity of Native and non-Native peoples. As Chief Phil Lane says: “We live not now in the day of prophecies, but in the day of the fulfillment of the prophecies!”

Following the program, during the reception, our indigenous friends will share stories that reflect the threat they are experiencing to our Land and extend an invitation to all religious and spiritual communities to come together in unprecedented unified action to safeguard our sacred lands and waterways.

Please RSVP with your confirmation at:


Protect the Sacred
Unprecedented Unified Action to Protect Sacred Mother Earth