Salt Spring Island Residents for Responsible Land Use (SSIRRLU)
is a grassroots organization composed of residents who are
committed to the preservation and protection of sensitive
ecosystems, heritage sites, and sacred places.
The Residents came together at the beginning of 2003 to oppose
the industrialization of Walker Hook and support the Penelakut
Elders in their efforts to protect their sacred burial site
Syuhe'mun (Walker Hook). In the last two years SSIRRLU members
have attended and spoken out at public meetings, written letters
of concern to the appropriate ministries, given media interviews,
and hosted educational forums.
In March of 2004 the Penelakut Elders, SSIRRLU, and the Canadian
Sablefish Association (CSA - the wild blackcod fishery)
each challenged the Ministry of Land, Air and Water Protection's
decision to issue a temporary waste permit to Sablefin Hatcheries,
Ltd. in a formal
hearing in front of the Environmental Appeals Board. Although
the appeal was denied, the work to protect and preserve this
important place is continuing.
The SSIRRLU has been recognized for its efforts by our local
government, the Islands Trust as the 2004 recipients of the
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