Give a Dam

from Us by Luke Wallace

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I’ve got a stake in the future, good wishes for my kids, and like a drop in the river, it’s about all the little gives.

It’s about fertile farmland, frigid frost, and freedom to the farmers for we haven’t forgot
all the simple things in life like food, water and air, looking out for each other and this planet we have,
cause this river’s my home and my home is a river and if we care for it now it’ll always deliver food when we need, it’ll rise when it rains, refresh all the soil and so I say

(C)

It’s like, you signed a Treaty, it was number 8, if you’ve forgotten what you said just listen and wait
Cause this is about big things like respect and peace, better to die on your feet than live on your knees
If there is one thing I know to be true, it’s that the people here before us, they surely knew
How to care for the land, care for each other, the forest is family, the bears are my brothers
So hey prime minister if you hear this song, prove a Treaty’s worth more than the hemp it’s written on

So whose got a stake?

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from Us, released March 8, 2018
In the heart of the Peace River Valley, on the farm of Ken and Arlene Boon, a strong cohort of Valley folk gathered to sing ‘Give a Dam’ in protest of the Site C Dam.

This dam is the single largest proposed energy project in BC’s history and is a social, economic, environmental and moral disaster. First, this is Treaty land, which means you can’t just ignore many of the nations involved in said Treaty. Second, this is the most productive farmland in the entire country and, as food becomes more scarce, this will be the breadbasket of northern communities. Third, we don’t need the energy. This project is moving ahead because the Tar Sands and Fracking industries need cheap, taxpayer subsidized energy. That means you and I pay for the dam, they take the energy for essentially free.

As I write this, people in every corner of BC are organizing and mobilizing around the protection of the Peace Valley. In one way or another, Site C will define this century in BC so let’s ensure that it is remembered as the project that we all rose to stop and instead took the end of Site C as the marking of a new era of reconciliation, politics and earth protection.

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