Press Release: City Hall “Nudge Back” for Oppenheimer

An All-Day Occupation at City Hall

Unceded territory, September 9, 2019 –  Activists and Oppenheimer Park residents will “nudge back” with an occupation of city hall grounds on Monday and Tuesday September 9th and 10th in anticipation of a takeover bid by Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

The mayor says Oppenheimer Park residents “need a nudge”. Despite a statement by the Vancouver Park Board to the contrary, he’s trying to get them to accept a takeover of Oppenheimer Park, and he’s willing to go to the premier to get it.

Activists and residents are “nudging back” against the hostile takeover bid and bullying tactics of City Hall with a tent city on unceded territory at City Hall on Monday and Tuesday  September 9 and 10, at the corner of 10th and Cambie, starting at 7:30 am Monday.   

This event is organized and taking place on traditional, unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, which include the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations (in so-called vancouver, canada). 

Media contact:

Chrissy Brett
250-415-2348

Fiona York
604-251-6164
fiona@carnegieaction.org

More information and statement

We acknowledge the unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, which include the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

We are here to remind the mayor, that the way to engage with people is through conversation and consultation, not through media statements, which is a passive aggressive and bullying tactic. 

The Parks Board cannot cede authority of unceded land. Oppenheimer has 60%+ urban, non-status, Inuit, Métis and Indigenous residents. 

Here is your “nudge back” to not press the province to take colonial control over OPP The Peoples’ Park, like Unist’ot’en, Gustafson Lake, Oka, Standing Rock, Wounded Knee, Anita Place, Super-Intent City, Discontent City, 10-Year Tent City, Sugar Mountain, and Namegans Nation an Indigenous-led tent city, all taken down by brutal police/military force.