NEWS RELEASE · 24th April 2012
Friends of Wild Salmon
The Joint Review Panel's northern community hearings started in Smithers Monday. Friends of Wild Salmon celebrated with a noon rally and march to the hearing venue.
The rally started with songs from the local Raging Grannies, followed by short speeches from the Wet’suwet’en, the Town of Smithers, MLA Doug Donaldson, and a high school delegation.
There was also a presentation from the Wet’suwet’en to the Smithers mayor acknowledging that we are working on this issue together.
The crowd was a mix of all ages with a good contingent of both elementary and high school students with signs they had made. Following the rally, several hundred residents marched to the hearing venue.
There are 130 people scheduled to speak to the panel over six days. The 20 oral presentations given on the first day were thoughtful, moving, and at times funny. All except one were passionately opposed to the pipeline coming through the region.