My name is Carmen, and I am the daughter of commercial fishers.

Each year, it seems that climate change, food insecurity, and species loss grow in magnitude as threats to our way of life. That’s why at Ecojustice, we go to court to challenge these converging crises and use the power of the law to protect people and the planet.  What’s more, we’re winning.

Today is GivingTuesday — a global day of charitable giving — so I want to take this opportunity to say thank you.  Thanks to the very generous support of people like you, I get to come into work every day and stand alongside those who fight tooth and nail to defend my home — the places where I fished with my parents as a child and the traditional territories my people, the Heiltsuk First Nation, have protected since time immemorial.

My holiday wish is for the ocean to feed and sustain the Heiltsuk First Nation, and other coastal communities, in perpetuity.

Just after Thanksgiving weekend, a tugboat ran aground and started leaking diesel into the waters near the Great Bear Rainforest.  By the time spill response crews arrived on the scene more than a day later, the clambeds my people have relied on for generations were poisoned.

Only time will tell if the federal government will take this wake-up call seriously.

This week, we’re expecting big announcements on the fate of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. While we hope that both of these projects will be axed, we’re not holding our breath.

If the Kinder Morgan project is approved, we will have less than a month to bring a legal challenge against it. This means we’ll be working through the holiday break to find a way to stop this project, just like we helped slam the door shut on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline at the Federal Court of Appeal.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

‘Wálas giáxsix?a (Thank you very much),
Carmen