More about some of the people from the 8th Fire TV series.
Jasmine Thomas, 25, is a Dene/Cree in British Columbia and an environmental & Indigenous rights activist in the fight against the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
The Enbridge project, proposing to build an oil pipeline across B.C. to the Pacific coast, is facing strong opposition from among the fifty First Nation communities which sit on the pipeline route. One of these communities is Jasmine's home, the Saik'uz First Nation.
"This pipeline is going to be crossing some of the most environmentally sensitive areas. There's no way that they can do that and say that it's safe!" she says.
First Nations along the coast say they are particularly worried about an environmental disaster, like the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. The local economy is based on fishing, and it would be destroyed in the event of an accident.
In our documentary we see Jasmine Thomas in action as she works with the Indigenous Environmental Network and trains in strategies of peaceful protest.
"We go out and we try to explain what's going on, but the general public isn't aware, where the pipeline is going to cross these waters that feed our people", she says.