On October 13, 2016, the Nathan E. Stewart, a tug barge operated by Houston-based Kirby Corporation, sank off of Gale Pass on the west coast of British Columbia, a cultural and resource-rich traditional village site of the Heiltsuk Nation. 

The boat spilled more than 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oil, contaminating coastal waters and shutting down fisheries. Three years later, a devastated community is still waiting for justice and asks, “Does Kirby Care?”

Send a message to Kirby Corp. CEO, David Grzebinski, asking him to take responsibility for the consequences of his company’s spill and to call off the expensive legal battle his company is waging against the Heiltsuk community. 

The Heiltsuk have pledged to fight for justice on behalf of all Canadian communities that could face the consequences of an oil spill.  Read Chief Marilyn Slett’s open letter to Kirby Corp. CEO, David Grzebinski, calling on his company to do the right thing.

“After a long and dark period of hardship, when colonial governments banned our language and ceremonies, and abused our people, the Heiltsuk are experiencing a renaissance, revitalizing our traditional laws and language and exercising renewed sovereignty over our territory. At the same time that we are building ourselves up, we are extending a hand to those who seek to do business in our territory. Reconciliation is a priority for our government, but it can only happen when there is justice, good faith and goodwill. ” — Elected Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett

Stand with Heiltsuk Nation: add your name to the Open Letter to Kirby CEO David Grzebinski. 

Copies will be sent to :
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Kevin Obermeyer, CEO, Pacific Pilotage Authority




Triple your impact: Share this campaign on social media, and invite your friends and family to join in putting pressure on Kirby Corporation to uphold their responsibility to Heiltsuk Nation.

Support the Heiltsuk Nation’s lawsuit to recover damages and to challenge the constitutionality of Canada’s oil spill liability regime. Donate to their legal challenge through RAVEN Trust here.

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