(Header Photo of Black Spruce Bog at CWG Opening Ceremonies. Photo Credit Nick Krizmanich)
Black Spruce Bog is honoured to represent Prince George and the Coldsnap Winter Music Festival at the Canada Winter Games on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. We want to thank our incredible community for giving us the opportunity to showcase our music and our message. It is because of our community that we chose to make a political statement, both at the opening ceremonies (Opening Ceremonies-Tete Jaune Road) and at our live performances.
You may ask, why bring politics into this beautiful celebration of arts, culture, and athletics? Our response is that political protest is also a form of celebration. We are in love with this land and we are in love with the people who call this land home. We cannot participate in such a grand ceremony without acknowledging that two of its major financial sponsors (Enbridge and TransCanada) are proposing to put the very landbase we are celebrating at immense risk. This is our statement of support – support for the lands of Northern British Columbia, for the people who work the lands, and for the people who live in these communities. These are the people who should be making the decisions about our natural resources. We play our music for them.
Black Spruce Bog has decided to donate a portion of our Canada Games earnings to the Unist’ot’en Camp, a group standing on the front lines of resistance against all proposed oil and gas expansion in BC. We are grateful for their work. We are also adamantly opposed to flooding prime agricultural land in the Peace River Valley to build the Site C Dam and strongly urge the public to get involved in halting this unnecessary project.
Black Spruce Bog is Amy Blanding, Danny Bell, Spencer Hammond, Eric Wynleau, Jeremy Pahl, and Fraser Hayes. www.blacksprucebog.com