Media Release: Protect the Fraser Coalition Site Tour Feb. 6, 2015
February 3, 2015
CHILLIWACK – on February 6th, 2015
Protect the Fraser Coalition, working to stop the building of a hazardous waste facility on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, is hosting a Strategy Planning Meeting on
Friday, February 6th. The meeting will be attended by representatives from the 48 organizations supporting the Coalition. These organizations
have a combined membership of 150,000 representing local, provincial and international concerns.
Media is invited to the Site Tour portion of the meeting where attendees will participate in a prayer and drumming for the River. Key environmental
concerns will be addressed and a site tour will be provided.
The proposed facility is located in an area of great contemporary and historical significance to the Sto:lo people. Some of the features located near this
spot are the many registered archaeological sites providing protection for a large historic village known as an important gathering place for all the
tribes in the surrounding area. Several cemeteries also mark the final resting place of their ancestors. Not surprisingly, this site was and is an
important location for the harvesting of fish resources including salmon, sturgeon and oolichan. The significance of this area will be further elaborated
on at the site by Sto:lo Cultural Historian Sonny McHalsie.
Media will have an opportunity to interview members of the Coalition at this time.
Following the Site Visit, the Coalition will reconvene at the Sto:lo Nation offices for an all-day working meeting to strategize next steps in the fight to
stop this facility from being built on the banks of the ecologically and culturally important Fraser River.
Location: 7582 Cannor Road, Chilliwack.
We will meet at the north end of Cannor Road in the clearing by the Fraser River.
Time: 10 – 11am
Contact: Lina Azeez, Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Cell number: 604-537-2341