‘Forced to do so by a higher calling:’ Indigenous woman awaits sentencing in Nanaimo for illegal logging protests

By Jordan Davidson
Nanaimo News Now
April 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

NANAIMO — Angela “Rainbow Eyes” Davidson, an Indigenous leader and land protector will have to wait a few more weeks to learn her fate, after being convicted on several contempt charges. Charges against Davidson, a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, relate to several incidents in the Fairy Creek watershed in 2021/2022. Sentencing arguments were heard in BC Supreme Court April 4-5, where the court heard how Davidson breached the injunction order and subsequent bail restrictions placed on her movement after her initial arrest on May 18, 2021, with her final offence occurring on Jan. 28, 2022. The Crown is arguing for at least 39 more days in jail for a total of 51 days for Davidson, along with additional community service. …The defence spoke about Davidson’s Indigenous heritage and why she felt it was her duty as a land protector to head to Fairy Creek to protect old growth, with the large cedar trees considered sacred to her culture.

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