Note: Yesterday, members of Rising Tide Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories disrupted the BC LNG summit and dropped a banner stating “BC LNG: Invest at your own RISK.” Photos here.
-The GJEP Team
By Mychaylo Prystupa, May 22, 2014. Source: Vancouver Observer
Gitxsan chief Samson Muldoe, 81, kicked TransCanada LNG pipeline drillers off his traditional territory in March. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
This week, Premier Christy Clark is putting a shiny bow on her government’s LNG effort with a huge summit and trade show in downtown Vancouver. Captains of the oil and gas industry have flown in from around the world (the President of Shell Oil among them), and several B.C. and Alberta ministers are representing. Trouble is, many key B.C. First Nations are still not on board.
“Right now, I don’t think they have social license,” said Tribal Chief Terry Teegee on Tuesday. He leads the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, representing eight First Nations in northern B.C.
“They have not addressed the cumulative effects of these pipelines, at least within our territory,” he said.
The province’s LNG website shows there are now proposals for a staggering 9 natural gas pipelines, that would connect to 13 coastal LNG plants. All the projects trespass aboriginal territories. Continue reading
By John Ahni Schertow, April 14, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Leaders of the Unist’ot’en resistance camp held a press conference in Vancouver on April 7, 2014 in response to leaked information that the Provincial government is preparing an injunction against the camp. The camp is in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern BC on the route of the Pacific Trail fracked gas pipeline.
Premier Christie Clark has staked her political future on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, more accurately called liquefied fracked gas or LFG. But pipelines from the fracking fields in the province’s north-east must pass through unceded Indigenous territory on the way to the coast. They therefore require the free, prior and informed consent of the people of those lands; consent they do not have and will not receive from the Unist’ot’en and the other Wet’suwet’en hereditary clans.
“While the elected leadership of some Indian bands have signed agreements regarding the Pacific Trail Pipeline, Wet’suwet’en hereditary clans have jurisdiction over their territories” says Freda Huson “The Unist’ot’en are standing up for our territory, and protecting Mother Earth on a global scale by keeping fracked gas in the ground.” Continue reading
By Carlito Pablo, April 2, 2014. Source: Straight.com
Toghestiy will speak at an antipipeline training event this weekend. Photo: Straight.com
SINCE 2008, WARNER Naziel has gone by his traditional name, Toghestiy. It means “man who sits beside the water”.
As one of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, he takes neither tradition nor his duties lightly.
On November 20, 2012, Toghestiy did what his ancestors would have done to people not welcome in their territory. Confronting surveyors for a gas pipeline planned in Northern B.C, he handed them an eagle feather in accordance with Wet’suwet’en law. It was the first and final warning that anyone involved with the Pacific Trail Pipelines isn’t allowed to return.
According to Toghestiy, whose views do not represent those of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, his forebears didn’t look kindly on anyone who ignores such warning. Continue reading
March 20, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Photo: Kwakiutl First Nation
TSAXIS, KWAKIUTL TERRITORY (PORT HARDY), BC – Kwakiutl protest reaches a fifty-day milestone, as Island Timberlands, Canada and BC remain silent on Treaty infringement.
Protesters are calling on Island Timberlands to suspend logging on Kwakiutl lands while asking the federal and provincial governments to honour the terms of an 1851 Treaty and implement ‘enclosed fields’ for the protection of village sites.
“We ask Island Timberlands to respect Kwakiutl’s 1851 Treaty, the federal government to uphold the honour of the Crown’s written promise to the Kwakiutl people, and the provincial government to protect Kwakiutl lands from any further infringement,” said Chief Coreen Child.
Island Timberlands has been dogged by controversy since being created in 2005, through the purchase of lands resulting from a merger between lumber giants MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser, and has been opposed for its destructive forest practices by communities throughout Vancouver Island, including Roberts Creek, Port Alberni, Cortes Island, Oceanside, Cowichan Valley, Port McNeill and Nanaimo.
February 27, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry
Fish Lake (Teztan Biny)
Tsilhqot’in Territory, BC: Yesterday’s federal decision to reject the New Prosperity Gold-Copper mine proposal was welcomed by Tsilhqot’in Chiefs, AFN National Chief A-in-chut Shawn Atleo, Union of BC Indian Chiefs President, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and First Nations everywhere.
They now call on this to be the end of a costly, pointless battle that has dragged on since at least 1995, when Taseko Mines Ltd. was first told by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans not to waste any further time or money pursuing this unacceptable project.
The mine proposal was opposed vigorously by the Tsilhqot’in Nation with the unanimous support of B.C.’s and Canada’s First Nations and received an unprecedented two scathing independent expert panel reports which make clear that the project was unacceptable environmentally and in terms of its impact on First Nations’ rights and culture, and that these impacts were immitigable.
Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair for the Tsilhqot’in National Government said: “We are celebrating this decision to reject once again this terrible project, which threatened our pristine waters, fish and Aboriginal rights. Continue reading
February 13, 2014. Source: Earth Justice
A boy pulls salmon from a net. Photo: TULALIP TRIBES
Opposition to Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain proposed pipeline project ramped up today as Coast Salish peoples on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border vowed to oppose the project as intervenors before Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB). Coast Salish intervenors include the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, and Suquamish Tribe in Washington state, and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in British Columbia. The deadline for application to participate in the NEB process was [Wednesday] night at midnight.
“Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by our pollution-based economy,” said Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby. “Every kind of pollution ends up in the Salish Sea. We have decided no more and we are stepping forward. It is up to this generation and future generations to restore and protect the precious waters of the Salish Sea.”
“Our people are bound together by our deep connection to Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. We are the ‘People of the Inlet’ and we are united in our resolve to protect our land, water and air from this risky project,” said Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “We will use all lawful means to oppose it. This is why we have applied to intervene in the NEB hearing process.” Continue reading
November 3, 2013. Source: Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
On Sunday morning, activists with Rising Tide-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories set up a 15-foot mock fracking rig on Premier Christy Clark’s lawn and announcing that “Because the Premier loves fracking, we figured we would save her the hassle of trying to take over other peoples’ homes and bring it right to her!” says Jacquelyn Fraser, an activist with the group.
“We are just so worried about all the water that is being used and polluted in northeastern B.C. for fracking. We are sure Premier Clark is too and we’re sure she can share some of her own supply so that she can see the boom in the industry she keeps promoting,” says Fraser as ‘construction workers’ set up the rig behind her. “She may not end up with a lot of fresh water at the end, but at least she has some we could use right now.”
The group is referring to the impacts on the environment caused by hydraulic fracturing, a process through which water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the ground to fracture rock and release unconventional natural gas.
“With Christy Clark touring North America to promote Liquiefied Natural Gas, fracking and gas extractionis set to take over the province,” says Maryam Adrangi, Climate and Energy Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.
By Aaron Lakoff, 12 August 2013. Source: Vancouver Media Coop
Members of the Wet’suwet’en nation perform a welcoming song to open the 4th annual Unis’tot’en action camp. Photo: Aaron Lakoff
From July 10th to 14th, roughly 200 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory in central British Columbia for the 4th Annual Unis’tot’en Action Camp. The Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have maintained a blockade on the only bridge leading into their territory since July 2010 in an attempt to keep seven proposed oil and gas pipelines off their traditional lands. The pipelines would carry shale gas obtained through fracking, or bitumen oil from the Alberta tar sands, to the Pacific coast, where it would be exported on mega-tankers towards Asian markets.
The action camp brings supporters of the Unis’tot’en to the blockade site in order to learn about the struggle, to network, and to bring action ideas back to their own communities.
Toghestiy, Hereditary Chief of the Likhts’amisyu Clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation, said he was very happy with the high proportion of Indigenous participants at this year’s camp compared to previous years.
“I would say about 40% of the population of the action camp was Indigenous, and they were Indigenous from different parts of Turtle Island,” Toghestiy told the Vancouver Media Co-op (VMC). “So it was amazing to have all these grassroots Indigenous people come together in solidarity with one another. We created an alliance, and it was a pretty beautiful experience. It will help us fulfill our responsibility [to the land] into the future.”