Posted Jun 24
The PullTogether campaign is celebrating a successful week of events across the province that brought the grassroots campaign to a total of over $500,000 raised for First Nations legal defence against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The province-wide fundraising effort, led by Sierra Club BC and Raven Trust, supports the legal fees of the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xai’xais, Gitga’at, Haida, Gitxaala, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli Nations who are in court to stop Northern Gateway.
“When we hosted a spaghetti dinner over a year ago we had no idea how far this would go,” said Anne Hill of North West Watch in Terrace, B.C. “We’re blown away by how far this fundraising has spread, people from all walks of life in every corner of the province coming together to support the First Nations on the front lines of the effort to stop this pipeline.”
The Week to End Enbridge pushed the campaign over the half million milestone, after dozens of events across B.C. raised nearly $100,000 in just one week. Fundraising events included everything from a paddle in the ocean, to barbeques, yoga, and a bluegrass concert. Small businesses played a big role, with proceeds from chocolate bars, an eco-tourism lodge and even carrot sales being contributed to First Nations legal defence.