The new documentary “Last Stand for Lelu” is playing at Eco Festival 2016 in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia in October. This is the home base for Petronas, the company that is planning a pipeline through unceded lands and waterways at the mouth of the Skeena River in northwestern BC.
“A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, BC, the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kwa’alaams people for over 10,000 years. The BC 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 BC.
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 Kwa’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 Kwa’alaams who have occupied the land since August 2015.
Take a trip with A Last Stand for Lelu into the heart of resistance and injustice on Skeena River.”
The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival‘s themes are the environment, ecology and sustainable development in a comprehensive sense. The festival accepts films that question the global pace and impact of humankind in on the environment: biodiversity, environmental and human stakes, climate change, natural resources, science and research, evolution of borders, alternative energies, indigenous communities and issues, environmental health, urbanism, mobility, environmental activism and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).