1. 9 year old Tahltan boy stands up to CEO of open pit coal mine.

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    The Beyond Boarding team has spent the last 3 weeks with the Tahltan Nation in the Sacred Headwaters. It's been an honour to be here. This video shows 9 year old Caden Jakesta, Pat Edzerza and Jerry Quock letting their feelings known to CEO of Fortune Minerals, Robin Goad. Known as Klabona by the Tahltan people, the Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of the Stikine, Nass, and Skeena, three of Northern BC’s major salmon-bearing rivers. This pristine wilderness has been called ‘The Serengeti of Canada’. Thousands of people from the northern interior to the coast depend upon the health of these three watersheds for their livelihood and for the wellbeing of their families and communities. In 2012, to honour the Tahltan nation and thousands of supporters, Royal Dutch Shell abandoned coal-bed methane development in the Sacred Headwaters. Part of Shell’s agreement to leave the area was a promise made by the BC government to ban all other oil and gas companies from the Sacred Headwaters, with a guarantee that further protection of the area would be discussed. The Sacred Headwaters continues to be at risk. Without Tahltan consent, the government has given an exploratory permit to Fortune Minerals, a mining company with a plan to turn Klappan Mountain into an open-pit anthracite coal mine, 4000 hectares in size. The coal would be exported to a steel maker in Korea. The project plan includes building 147 kilometres of railway through the headwaters to export the coal, and a 112-km power line linking the mine to the Northwest Transmission Line, a controversial project funded by the BC government that is already drastically over budget. For the past two months, Fortune Minerals has been on-site, actively test-drilling Klappan Mountain for the project’s environmental assessment. Klappan Mountain is right in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters, in the same location as one of Shell’s proposed fracking sites. This is not the first time Fortune Minerals has pushed into the area without Tahltan consent. The mining company’s presence stretches back to 2005 when an Iskut family erected a blockade to stop Fortune from drilling twenty-five test sites on Klappan. The blockade lasted two months. By mid-September an injunction was issued, warning the Tahltan that if they did not leave they would be arrested. On September 16th, fifteen arrests were made. Nine of the people arrested were elders, and Fortune went back to the drawing board. Once again, the Tahltan are taking a stand against Fortune Minerals. A number of families and supporters have collected at Beauty Camp at the foot of Klappan, the historic hunting camp on their traditional territory, to send a message to Fortune and the BC government that they are still strongly opposed to a coal mine on Klappan Mountain. The Tahltan issued a 24-hour eviction notice to Fortune on Aug. 16th. The company suspended activity for two days, until Fortune CEO Robin Goad could fly out from London, Ontario to meet with the Tahltan at Beauty Camp. At the meeting on Aug. 18th, Goad stated that Fortune would continue drilling. For years, and to no avail, the Tahltan of Iskut have been requesting a police detachment in a community of 350 people. But at Klappan, an RCMP base has been set up between Beauty and the Fortune Minerals camp, complete with airplanes and helicopters. There are 6 police officers stationed at the “Klappan Detachment”, suspected by the elders to have been requested by Fortune. At the protest camp, there is disbelief that a company’s rights trump Tahltan rights in their own territory. “We never doubt that the BC government is behind all this,” said a prominent elder. “Hopefully, this will wake up the investors, to see how we are treated in our own territory.” Every year, the Tahltan return to Beauty Camp to practise their culture and to pass on knowledge to children and grandchildren. They come together to pick berries and to hunt caribou, moose, and other wild game. This year, the sky above the camp is filled with helicopters and airplanes hired by Fortune Minerals and the RCMP. Excessive air traffic is disturbing the people and the animals, and since Fortune’s arrival, hunting has been difficult. Please join us to stand in solidarity with the Tahltan Beauty Camp to protect the Sacred Headwaters forever. For more information: http://skeenawatershed.com/ http://www.sacredheadwaters.ca/ Or email: sacredheadwaters@shaw.ca

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    • Belen - A Travel and Snowboard Adventure Film

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      "Belen" follows Tamo Campos and David MacKinnon on a quest to give back. Channeling the passion and energy from their privileged lives as Canadian snowboarders, and after a year of fundraising, they travel to Peru to help a struggling community. After a month in the Amazon basin the journey continues, and drastically switches gears. A short plane ride and they are in the heart of the Chilean winter season. A road trip south and they are climbing Chile’s Andes, riding fresh snow and reflecting on their time in Belen. Keeping their quest in mind, they investigate local aid groups helping to create affordable shelter for the underprivileged. With artistic cinematography and focused interviews, Belen tells a story of passions being directed toward the service of others. A film by Beyond Boarding- COMING FALL OF 2013 Created by: Tamo Campos Marshal Chupa Dave McKinnon Lewis Muirhead Directed By: Marshal Chupa Co-directored By: Lewis Muirhead Cinematography By: Marshal Chupa Lewis Muirhead Edited By: Andrew Santos -- http://beyondboarding.org http://marshalchupa.com

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      • Northern Grease

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        Northern Grease is a film documenting a carbon neutral vegetable oil-powered bus trip 5,211km across Alberta and BC in an effort to showcase the destructive nature of the various industrial projects which B.C. and First Nations communities are currently facing. The trip follows snowboarders; Tamo Campos, Jasper Snow Rosen and John Muirhead as they aim to educate and spread awareness of the threats that face these parts of Canada. The film will inspire audiences to act as they see these athletes actively working on solutions, and taking leadership to effect change in the problems they find. Even though they live in a bus the riders take part in a lifestyle that includes carbon neutral travel, going plastic free, eating sustainable food, signing petitions, writing letters to MPs, voting, and participating in local activist communities.. The film showcases talent and entertainment, while promoting leadership and action on the issues at hand. To learn more and follow the team check out Beyond Boarding on Facebook!

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        • NBC Fundraiser Video

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          To see the full story, more information, and to donate, check out the indigogo account at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-boarding-s-northern-bc-project/x/2632873

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          • Leaving places cleaner than you find them

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            The Beyond Boarding team is in the midst of driving over 5000 km's on used vegetable oil in a school bus. Check out the full story at www.beyondboarding.org or the crowd funding campaign for this project http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-boarding-s-northern-bc-project/x/2583556

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            • Webisode # 3

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              Here is a video to give an idea of the action and people involved during our time in Iquitos. Building rafts, playing with the local Belen kids and developing a deeper connection with the local community. We enjoyed the experience immensely and hope this short clip helps illuminate what it was like to work in close union with the people of Sector 12 in Belen. Video by: Marshal Chupa Sound Credit: Quantic - Cumbia sobre el mar

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              • A Greasy Short by Tamo Campos & Lewis Muirhead

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                A veggie powered trip to the sunshine coast to pick up WVO(waste veggie oil). Learn more about running your car on veggie oil at www.beyondboarding.org It's easy, cheap, carbon neutral and a great alternative to that not so truthful fossil fuel industry. Thanks Colby Morgan for the music!

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                • Beyond Boarding: A day with Tamo Campos

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                  Heading up the mountain Boris the Vege bus, split boarding, hitting Pow, and making Beyond Boarding T's is just the average day for Tamo Campos.

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                  • Beyond Boarding Webisode # 2

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                    We've been spending a lot of time in La Belen, Iquitos, and hearing more and more stories from the locals. Some of them are funny anecdotes that we can all smile about, some are inspiring and make us optimistic about this community's future. Others are heavy, and remind us of the hardships that people here face every day. We were particularly moved by this woman's story - it showed us explicitly the effect that a culture shaped by poverty has on its people. We've been seeing that when people struggle every day to provide their families with basic necessities, they can ignore or take advantage of the needs and weaknesses of their neighbours. This woman was robbed during the recent floods when she was forced to abandon her home. She told us how hard it is for her to cope with her living situation, and explained to us some of the challenges inherent to caring for a family in a community divided by poverty. Upon arriving in Iquitos, our hosts at La Restinga (the community development organization we're working with here) explained to us that one of the biggest hurdles in developing impoverished areas is the fact that people tend to focus on their own needs, which results in places like La Belen lacking a strong sense of community. The workers at La Restinga believe that moving past poverty requires an atmosphere where people look out for each other, taking pride in and caring for their communities. All of La Restinga's projects around Iquitos create opportunities for communities to work together; they are designed to create bonds between the people they help, and promote the kind of community spirit that allows for effective development work. We've learned that projects like the floating garden are as much about getting people together as they are about creating a local sustainable foodsource. Seeing this approach has given us a new perspective on our project in Peru, and on development work in general. We're seeing the importance of solidarity in communities and hearing the heartbreaking stories of those who have been stepped over in its absence. This woman's story would be a different one if she were part of a strong social network, and we hope that the development work we're part of here helps provide that network for the future generations of La Belen. Video: Marshal Chupa Voice: Tamo Campos Words: David MacKinnon

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                    • Vote Brah

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