Bracing for arrests: Kinder Morgan protesters emotional, even musical (VIDEO)

A Vancouver Opera violinist was among those attending to Burnaby Mountain, in advance of expected arrests of protesters opposed to Kinder Morgan's pipeline survey work.

Hannah Campbell human chain protest Kinder Morgan Burnaby Mychaylo Prystupa
Human chain protest Kinder Morgan Burnaby Mychaylo Prystupa
Vioinist Carolyn Cole Vancouver Opera Burnaby Mountain Kinder Morgan protest
(left) Vancouver Opera violinist Carolyn Cole on Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday; (right) RCMP speaking to protesters at Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday. Photos by Mychaylo Prystupa.

In a spontaneous moment, a Vancouver Opera Orchestra violinist says she “dropped everything” to come play a century-old French ballad for those on Burnaby Mountain opposing Kinder Morgan and its plans for an Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline.

“To me [the pipeline] is just wrong,” said violinist Carolyn Cole.

“We just need to change our system and our perspective as to what kind of energies now we should be innovating.”

“I’m a musician.  I’m able to show my emotions through my music.  For me, the music is a way to tie people together,” she said, after playing Thais Meditation – a song about a woman accepting that she is about to die.

“We all need the solidarity,” said Cole.

Such were the emotions, as people braced for what are widely believed to be a series of tense confrontations, even arrests on the mountain, as citizens await the arrival of Kinder Morgan work crews.

The Texas-based company recently won a B.C. Supreme Court injunction to forbid protesters from interfering with its hoped-for geotechnical work, for a proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

About 800 people showed up in protest to the court injunction on Monday night when it took effect.

Squamish woman Sut-lut speaks to media on Burnaby Mountain about Kinder Morgan

Squamish woman "Sut-lut" speaks to media on Burnaby Mountain on Wednesday about her views against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.  Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Squamish woman Sut-lut (a traditional name) spoke harsh words at a passing by RCMP constable on Wednesday – one of many keeping tabs on the mountain.

“The Queen has a fiduciary responsibility to protect First Nations.  So I said [to the RCMP officer], ‘you guys are really here to protect us.  Don’t forget this and think about it before you put your hands on me.”

“But if it comes to that, I’ll do that and be arrested.  It won’t be ‘Beautiful B.C.’ anymore.  They’ll have to think of a new name for the license plates.  Like Dirty B.C.”

Sut-lut said she believes oil sands bitumen, if spilled in the Burrard Inlet, would devastate the traditional foods for First Nations.  

"Say goodbye to our crabs, the starfish are already going.  Say completely goodbye to our sockeye salmon, and the First Nations way of life,” she said.

Hannah Campbell human chain protest Kinder Morgan Burnaby Mychaylo Prystupa

Hannah Campbell in a "human chain" protest exercise on Burnaby Mountain Wednesday.  Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.

Some, who are not ordinarily “protesters” showed up, and got training on how to create a "human chain" to block officials.

“It feels very empowering.  People are united.  Everyone knows very strongly that they are doing the right thing by protecting this territory,” said Hannah Campbell, who locked arm-in-arm with others in the exercise.

Read More:

More in News

Views from a refugee camp: Who gets into heaven?

I have just returned to Vancouver Island from Greek refugee camps where I met a Yazidi man named Jason who told me about his escape from ISIS in Iraq.   His story begins on a desert road where a...

Vancouver's bicycle sharing grows as 15 new stations installed

Mobi bicycle by Shaw Go in Vancouver. Photo by Christopher Porter from Flickr Creative Commons

International Women's Day Concert celebrates female musicians who turned tragedy into triumph

Every March 8, on International Women's Day, we hear about the achievements of brilliant, talented women around the world. But how often do we learn about the physical and mental disabilities or...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.