Gabriola Island and
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
These quilts represent the views of more than
fifty people who oppose B.C. Hydro's plans to
build a gas-fired power plant near Nanaimo, B.C.
Quilters and artists
from Gabriola Island and Nanaimo expressed
themselves visually in their quilt squares and
have used the quilts as a means of drawing
attention to the environmental, political, and
financial issues involved in the Vancouver Island
Much of the hand-stitched quilting was done in
public places so that the quilters could talk to
passers-by about the gas-fired plant. The quilters
joined many others opposed to the Vancouver Island
Generating Project, and took the quilts to
community meetings, to rallies and marches, to
Nanaimo City Hall, and to the sidewalks outside
venues where Hydro and various governmental
agencies held meetings, panels, and reviews.
Photos of the quilts and documentary material from
the quilters were submitted to B.C. Hydro, to the
Environmental Assessment Hearings, to B.C. Utility
Commission Hearings, and to the media.
Although the Vancouver Island Generating Project
has been denied approval by the B.C. Utilities
Commission, BC Hydro continues to promote
construction of the plant. The quilts are still
being used and displayed as eloquent images of
opposition to the project.