Voices of the Peace


  • Elisabeth Fajt Independent scholar


On 11 December 2017, the government of British Columbia in western Canada announced a final decision that had far-reaching consequences, in particular for farmers and First Nations communities of the Peace Region: the construction of the third hydroelectric power plant called Site C on the Peace River will continue. Since its initiation about 40 years ago, the project has been accompanied by controversial debates within the local population that led to the Canadian federal court of justice. Drawing from my fieldwork during the last three months before the final decision, this article explores the voices of people who were involved in the fight against the Site C dam.

Author Biography

Elisabeth Fajt, Independent scholar

Elisabeth Fajt grew up in Prague and Berlin and started her studies with a bachelor of art degree in social and cultural anthropology and law at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. In 2019 she completed her master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology at the Free University of Berlin. For that she conducted three months of fieldwork about the local movement against the hydroelectric dam “Site C” in the Peace region in western Canada. Currently, she is working in the press and public relations department of a non-governmental organization, the Hospital Clown Association ROTE NASEN Deutschland e.V. in Berlin.

Protest sign.