Last Stand for Lelu is a short (24 minute) film, directed by Farhan Umedaly and Tamo Campos. Acording to the website, https://vimff.org/films/a-last-stand-for-lelu/:
“A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kw’alaams people for over 10,000 years. The B.C. provincial government is trying to green light the construction of a massive LNG terminal on the island – Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, without consent.
The Lax Kw’alaams are the keepers of Lelu Island and its connected Flora Bank, a massive sand bar that is part of the Skeena River estuary and known by fisheries biologists as some of the most important salmon habitat in Canada. The project would devastate the Skeena River, the natural wildlife and countless communities in the path of the LNG pipeline that will feed the terminal with fracked gas from Northeastern B.C.
The Lax Kw’alaams have voted unanimously against the project and became legendary when they rejected a $1.15 billion dollar deal from Petronas in an attempt by the company to gain consent.
Ignoring the voice of the Lax Kw’alaams, Petronas, with full backing of the Provincial Government have illegally begun drilling into Flora Bank where they now face off against warriors of the Lax Kw’alaams who have occupied the island since August 2015.
Join the resistance of the Lax Kw’alaams on both land and sea in ‘A Last Stand for Lelu’”.
Leila Darwish, an activist involved with Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, is campaigning for support against Petronas’ construction efforts on unceded Lax Kw’alaams land. Her work includes providing screening opportunities of Last Stand for Lelu, in an effort to raise funds in support of the Lax Kw’alaams Keepers. For more information on the ongoing conflict, check out this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Pacific-NorthWest-LNGPetronas-on-Lelu-Island-949045868451061/?fref=ts
Spatial Integrity, owned and operated by Paul Stephany, supports the peaceful campaigns of the Lax Kw’alaams to secure sovereign rights to lands, waters and resources which comprise their traditional territory. As such, Spatial Integrity is currently collaborating with social, environmental and Aboriginal groups in the Guelph area; in an effort to create a screening and fundraising event which will help support the Lax Kw’alaams in their efforts – both financially and educationally.
Spatial Integrity is planning a community event (date and venue to be announced) which will feature a screening of Last Stand for Lelu, as well as a special opportunity to discuss the issue with a Skype conference of one of the Lelu Island camp members of the Lax Kw’alaams community. Please watch this space for upcoming information on this important event!