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South Okanagan indigenous leaders honoured with environmental award

FILE PHOTO - Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, centre, is seen here during a protest against Kinder Morgan Canada on Burnaby Mountain in 2014.
Image Credit: TWITTER/Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
November 25, 2017 - 3:45 PM

PENTICTON – Two First Nations leaders from Penticton have been chosen to receive a high-profile environmental award for their commitment to protecting the land and water for future generations.

The Wilderness Committee is honouring Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Penticton Indian Band councillor Joan Phillip with the 2017 Eugene Rogers Environmental Award today, Nov. 25, according to a media release.

The couple been married for more than 30 years.

“Stewart and Joan are two of the hardest working environmental activists that I have ever met,” the Wilderness Committee’s Joe Foy says in the release. “They are constantly attending gatherings, meetings, and rallies, visiting communities and speaking to the public and the media on the environmental issues of our time.”

Foy says they have “stood up against damaging industrial development such as the Site C dam, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Ajax open-pit copper mine and the salmon farm industry, to name a few.”

It’s the 25th year the award has been handed out to citizens who go above and beyond in their efforts to protect the environment and advocate for a better society, the release states.

The couple were given the award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, in Vancouver today.


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