By Erin Gibbs

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The Burnaby Mountain Festive Hug!

December 11, 2022 | 11am-3pm PT


We respectfully acknowledge the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which this event will take place.

A Festive Hug brings more love to Burnaby Mountain on Sunday December 11, 2022!

Creating earth friendly crafts, we bring wonder and beauty to the trees as we stand in unity against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX). Bring your family and friends and join others in this movement inspired by the festive season. Make decorations from pine cones and ribbons and other earth friendly materials, then find the perfect bough to hang them from along the path between Kwekwecnewtxw: the traditional Coast Salish Watch House and the gates to the tank facility. All are welcome in our efforts to show our love for the planet!

The Fun!

Community Feast courtesy of Mountain Protectors 
Music from Alouette Sisters, The Carnival Band, Jess Vaira, Re-Sisters, and Solidarity Notes Choir
Speeches from Rueben George, Sacred Trust Tsleil Waututh Nation; Kate Tairyan, Hug the Mountain; Marcus, FreeSkool; Khursten Bullock, Stoney Creek Camp.
Elemental Ceremonies with Kwekwecnewtxw: the traditional Coast Salish Watch House and the Prayer Circle 
Decoration Making with: Dr. Julius Csotonyi, Makemobile, Oppenheimer Park Crafters, Refill Stop, and Your Pinata, Protect the Planet, Climate Convergence, BROKE, Mountain Protectors, For our Kids Burnaby, CAPE, Decolonial Solidarity, A New Green Deal, 350 Vancouver, Burnaby Climate Hub , Prayer Circle, Mountain Rain Zen, Sue Big Oil, Save Old Growth    

The Schedule

At the Stage, Soccer Field
11:00am – Speakers
12:00 – 3:00pm – Music (12pm Alouette Sisters; 12:30pm Solidarity Notes Choir; 1:00pm Jess Vaira; 1:30pm Re-Sisters; 2:00pm The Carnival Band

11:30am – Fire ceremony at the Soccer Field
12:30pm – Water ceremony at Kwekwecnewtxw: the traditional Coast Salish Watch House
1:30pm – Earth ceremony at the Soccer Field
2:00pm – Air ceremony at Kwekwecnewtxw: the traditional Coast Salish Watch House

At the booths
11am – 3pm – Decoration making

Parade to tank facility gates with a message for TMX 
3:00 – 3:30pm


Forest Grove Park, Burnaby 200 Soccer Field (8505 Forest Grove Dr, Burnaby, BC)

By Transit: Take the skytrain to Production Way/University station, from Bay 3 catch the 136 Brentwood Station bus, and dismount at Hillside Place. Parking is available on the street and at the park.

Why we care and why Burnaby Mountain

Climate change is happening and we are in a crisis that demands drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels. We must stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure. The Trans Mountain Expansion will increase global emissions. It is the opposite of what scientists and health experts have been ever more urgently advising for years and undermines Canada’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. Burnaby Mountain is a highly impacted site of the construction as it hosts the Burnaby Terminal (a collection of storage tanks) and the Burnaby Mountain Tunnel, which will involve boring through the mountain to accommodate the pipeline. Residents of Burnaby, students, faculty and staff of Simon Fraser University and nearby schools, and the City of Burnaby, Vancouver and New Westminster oppose TMX. At the inaugural Hug on May 7 2022, we gathered to sound our collective message of NO MORE PIPELINES! Let’s continue showing the mountain some love at the Festive Hug of December 2022!

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