A New Clayoquot? Examining the Convergence of First Nations and Environmental NGOs in Vancouver’s Anti-Pipeline Protests

Omer Aijazi, Martin David

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Abstract

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the birthplace of the Greenpeace movement, has been a significant site for the articulation and enactment of multifaceted environmental consciousness. Since 2010, First Nation groups and environmental NGOs have come together to oppose the construction of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline in the form of public protests and demonstrations. Using a social networks perspective, we closely examine the nature of these protests and the convergence of First Nation groups and environmental NGOs. We argue that the Vancouver protests ultimately failed to transform into a social movement and had limited impact. While a common concern for the environment links both stakeholders in their opposition to the pipeline project, their motivations are rooted in very different epistemic concerns. For First Nation groups, resistance to the Enbridge pipeline is primarily tied to deeper political processes of regaining territorial control and ongoing struggles for cultural revival within British Columbia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Dynamics of Climate Change and the Environment in Northern America
EditorsBernd Sommer
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Chapter10
Pages257–279
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789004300712
ISBN (Print)9789004298835
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameClimate and Culture
PublisherBrill
ISSN (Print)2213-0519

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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