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Tiny House Warriors get human rights award for ‘heroic resistance’ against TMX – National Observer

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For almost four years, the Tiny House Warriors have been working to stop the TMX pipeline from encroaching on their territory, and as of Tuesday, the Secwe̓pemc land defenders have a human rights award to go along with their efforts.

The group, which has been building tiny houses in Blue River, B.C., since 2017 in an attempt to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, was presented with the Carole Geller Human Rights Award and the $15,000 that goes along with it. The reco…….

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For almost four years, the Tiny House Warriors have been working to stop the TMX pipeline from encroaching on their territory, and as of Tuesday, the Secwe̓pemc land defenders have a human rights award to go along with their efforts.

The group, which has been building tiny houses in Blue River, B.C., since 2017 in an attempt to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, was presented with the Carole Geller Human Rights Award and the $15,000 that goes along with it. The recognition is welcome, said Kanahus Manuel of the Tiny House Warriors at a virtual event, as is the money, which will help with mounting legal fees associated with their front-line action.

The Tiny House Warriors, who have been actively opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project for years. Photo supplied by Kanahus Manuel

The award, which was presented to members of the Idle No More movement in 2013, is named after the first executive director of Manitoba’s Pay Equity Bureau and human rights activist Carole Geller.

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“This is a pivotal moment in the history of Indigenous peoples and of Canada,” said Shelagh Day on behalf of the award committee.

“The Tiny House Warriors are defending Indigenous rights and sovereignty, the land and its resources, and the rights of Indigenous women to be safe from male violence. They are also bringing to the attention of all Canadians that respect for fundamental human rights for Indigenous peoples is at stake in the fight over pipelines.”

Manuel pointed to her late father Arthur Manuel, an Indigenous leader and activist known for writing The Reconciliation Manifesto and Unsettling Canada, who she said would always say it’s the “the land and self-determination that we are fighting for.”

“As human rights defenders, we know that as Indigenous people, we have a right to land, and we have a right to self-determination,” she said.

“And that includes homes, and that includes exclusively going and living on our territory without the interference from Canada or the colonial government.”

The TMX pipeline, originally built in the 1950s, was taken over by Texas-based Kinder Morgan in 2015, which then made plans to triple the exports of the existing operation, hiking production to 890,000 barrels each day flowing from Alberta to the coast of B.C. The federal government purchased the pipeline in 2018 for $4.5 billion. The Trans Mountain expansion is projected to cost $12.6 billion and is opposed by hundreds of First Nations, as well as the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby.

The Indigenous land defender group, which has been building tiny houses in Blue River, B.C. since 2017 in an attempt to block the pipeline, was presented …….

Source: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/11/10/news/tiny-house-warriors-get-human-rights-award-heroic-resistance-against-tmx