While not many people in the city turned off their lights for an hour, 30 or so people made their way down to Prince Rupert’s waterfront on Saturday night to stand around a fire and commemorate Earth Hour.
Participant lit candles, a Tsimshian Elder performed a smudging ceremony by fanning the smoke of burning sage on participants, as well as another ceremony where he said prayers and sprinkled strip of cedar bark into the fire.
There was singing and drumming by members of the North Coast Ceremonial Dancers.
Lee Brain, who has gained province-wide notoriety for his speech at the Prince Rupert’s Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings talked about the importance of Earth Hour and announced the beginning of a new movement he and his friends have been working on for the past year and a half: Transition Prince Rupert.
Brain says that by next year’s Earth Hour, Transition Prince Rupert will be something that everyone in the city will be talking about.