With Privilege Comes Responsibility

Black Spruce Bog at the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, February 2015
Black Spruce Bog at the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, February 2015 in Prince George, BC

It’s been one year since the federal government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, and work is happening all over the province to continue to fight the project.

Sometimes, I feel really uncomfortable going public with my opinions. But I firmly believe that authentic storytelling, coupled with a concerted effort to understand multiple perspectives, can change society for the better. When your privilege allows you a public platform, I believe you are obligated to use it for the greater good.

Here’s a letter I wrote with my band Black Spruce Bog explaining our political messaging at the Canada Winter Games back in February.

The letter came on the heels of our performance with incredible local dancer Tristan Ghostkeeper at the Opening Ceremonies. You can watch that here. We also got some local media coverage, which was pretty cool. Like we said in the letter, our band decided to donate some of our earnings to the Unist’ot’en Camp. I have a great deal of respect for the organization, communication, and dedication of this group.

On Friday, June 26th, Black Spruce Bog will be playing a fundraiser show with the Khast’an Drummers and Pull Together to support First Nation legal challenges against the Enbridge pipeline. We’re lucky to again have a chance to shed some light on an important issue. We’d love to see you out!

Here are the deets:

Date: Friday, June 26
Time: Doors open at 7:30, Show at 8:00
Place: Moose Hall, 663 Douglas Street, Prince George
Tickets: $20 in advance at Books & Company, $25 at the door
Cash bar + snacks + silent auction!
This is an accessible event and everyone is welcome to attend.
Can’t make the event but want to donate? Contribute to their on-line page!
Hosted by the Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance

With Privilege Comes Responsibility

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