The Fairy Creek protests over old-growth logging on Vancouver Island are quickly becoming the face of a much broader conflict between environmental goals and economic forces. How did it get to this point?
In the year since the first camp was set up to prevent old-growth logging around the Fairy Creek watershed on southern Vancouver Island, an expert in Canadian environmental movements says the protests have made a mark on politics and public discourse.
By protesting in places they’re not wanted, settler conservationists looking to save old-growth forests are being called out by some Indigenous leaders for exemplifying the colonial or paternalistic approach taken by their forebears.
B.C. unveiled its vision for future forestry policy and while it includes a plan to share access to timber and supports for First Nations and forestry communities, it's unlikely to quell the swell of protests aimed at protecting old-growth forests.
Tensions are escalating at old-growth blockades on Vancouver Island as chainsaws started up in the Caycuse region Friday and a clash between protesters and police the day before was posted to social media.
The RCMP are taking the first steps to enforce an injunction against the Fairy Creek old-growth blockades, but protesters worry new police control areas will limit public accountability around arrests.
The Pacheedaht leadership does not welcome old-growth activists within its territory on south Vancouver Island, and it is the nation's right to determine how forestry resources will be used, read a statement from elected and hereditary chiefs on Monday.