People must stand united and be willing to risk jail or worse to stop oil pipelines from crossing the province, an activist and author said Wednesday.
"This (province) belongs to us. This doesn't belong to the corporations of the world and it doesn't belong to Stephen Harper," said Maude Barlow.
"Say no to the pipelines, say no to tankers and say to these oil companies when they come to our territories, 'You will not pass.'"
Barlow, the national chair of the Council of Canadians, was the main speaker at a rally at Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake's Tranquille Road office on Wednesday afternoon.
Her words caused cheers and applause to erupt from the crowd of 130 men, women, children and students gathered on the sidewalk.
Some carried signs reading, "No tankers, no pipeline, no problem." A few hefted tombstones prophesizing the death of the B.C. Liberal party.
Barlow, who spoke at Thompson Rivers University Wednesday night, has heard from people who are willing to risk their lives in order to stop the pipelines from being built.
She accused the Harper government of stripping Canada's environmental laws and opening the doors for foreign governments to come in and take control of our country's resources.
"This is absolutely unacceptable," said Barlow.
The rally was one of 60 held at MLA offices across B.C. Co-organizer Anne Grube said Lake's office was chosen because he's the environment minister.
She said the tankers that will carry the crude up and down the coast are bigger than two city blocks. The narrowness of the coastal passages and the size of the tankers make a crash and spill inevitable.
Concerned parent Heather Curtis is worried about the legacy the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines will leave for her infant son. She said corporations are pillaging the planet faster than it can replenish itself, and this has to stop.
"We're doing a lot of taking and destroying and not giving a lot back," said Curtis.
Her friend, Kari Bomstad, said it's important people stand up and tell the government they don't want the pipelines built.
Lake was not at his office Wednesday, but told Grube the protestors were welcome as long as people weren't prevented from visiting his office.
He said the province has presented Enbridge with five conditions that have to be met before it will allow the company to construct the pipeline. Three pertain to the environment.
The protesters were capitalizing on the momentum of Monday's 4,000-strong protest on the lawns of the B.C. legislature in Victoria.
Just under 3,500 people registered online to say they would participate in 68 actions dubbed Defend Our Coast, and showed up in urban Vancouver and Kelowna as well as remote communities like Bella Bella and Fort St. James.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix has already panned the proposed Enbridge pipeline, but protesters converged on his constituency office to press the party to declare Kinder Morgan's expansion plans dead as well.
Instead of handing out promises around the twin-pipeline proposal, Dix distributed samosas, a South Asian filled pastry, to about 50 hungry protesters who were invited into his Vancouver-Kingsway constituency office.
"Kinder Morgan hasn't applied yet," Dix told the group after its leader asked why the NDP hadn't yet taken a stance.
"People ask the difference, that's the . . . difference in my mind."