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Trying to make criminals out of people who care – The Star

February 6, 2024

We are living in a global political moment of hostility against acts of protection and stewardship.

In the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history, thousands of activists blocked attempts to log Fairy Creek: the last remaining old-growth valley on Vancouver Island, BC. For over three years, Indigenous and environmental activists joined forces to stop private logging company TealJones Group.

The company is now suing 15 individuals involved in these protests for $10M claiming they “conspired to use unlawful means to conduct the blockades.” One of the defendants, Indigenous Elder of Pacheedaht First Nation, Bill Jones, states, if this is any kind of conspiracy “it’s been a conspiracy of love.”

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