A group of protesters congregated outside Kelowna City Hall to show solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation Saturday. (Reece Farkash - Capital News)

Okanagan protesters hold mass prayer in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation

Small group gathered in front of Kelowna City Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A group of peaceful protesters bearing signs and snacks have set up in front of Kelowna City Hall Saturday, Feb. 29, in a show of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

The small group is holding a mass prayer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As of 1 p.m. 40 people have expressed interest in attending on Facebook.

“Join in a group intentional offering to honor the sacred waters and mother earth,” the event on Facebook reads.

Protests have sprung up across the country in support of blockades initiated by the nation’s hereditary chiefs, who oppose the construction of TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast through Wet’suwet’en land.

“The intention of this gathering is PEACEFUL protest. Please respect this and help transmute the pain and suffering occurring into LOVE,” continues the event description.

The protesters held a drum ceremony in the morning and invited anyone to come by for a communal meal at a table set up in front of city hall.

The mass prayer comes a day after Dr. Stewart Phillip, Grand Chief of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, echoed messages of Wet’suwet’en support in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

READ MORE: Day 3: Ministers optimistic as talks with Wet’suwet’en chiefs continue in northern B.C.

READ MORE: Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

protest

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

“I call her my adopted daughter”: Salmon Arm couple embrace student exchange experience

Rotary Youth Exchange students choose to shelter in place during COVID-19 pandemic

Chamber steps up for Sicamous businesses trying to stay open

Organization creates directory of changes businesses have made in response to COVID-19

Salmon Arm firefighters sound sirens in support of hospital staff

Fire chief hopes to have more emergency responders involved in upcoming parade

Salmon Arm opens respiratory clinic in response to COVID-19

Clinic will not be a walk-in centre, residents must call family doctor or nurse practioner first

Last-minute hiring means Salmon Arm’s emergency shelter can remain open

Salvation Army’s Lighthouse shelter to stay open beyond normal closing date of April 1

First Nations, remote communities need special attention in pandemic, Freeland says

Health-care workers, seniors, Indigenous Peoples some of people most at risk, health officials say

Demand doubles at Revelstoke food bank

Community Connections concerned whether they can meet increasing need

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Lake Country athlete selected to participate in national training program

Volleyball player Chloe Ladd will be heading to the Lower Mainland in the fall

COVID-19: Social media use goes up as country stays indoors

Overall messaging is up more than 50 per cent over the last month

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Super Beaver Task Force: April Fool’s Day joke lightens weight of COVID-19 uncertainty

Ducks Unlimited Canada enlists beavers’ help to protect wetlands in unconventional way

Solar panels installed at Summerland’s municipal hall

Power from energy project expected to provide five per cent of building’s power use

COVID-19: Okanagan College student pens petition for pass/fail grades

Optional pass/fail program would reduce stress, recognize students’ challenges faced in pandemic

Most Read