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BC preparing injunction against Unist’ot’en pipeline resistance camp

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

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief protests Pacific Trail Pipelines project

By Carlito Pablo, April 2, 2014. Source: Straight.com

Toghestiy will speak at an antipipeline training event this weekend. Photo: 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

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Kwakiutl First Nation continues protest near Port Hardy, British Columbia

March 20, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Photo: Kwakiutl First Nation

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.

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Victory! First Nations celebrate federal rejection of New Prosperity mine proposal

February 27, 2014. Source: Intercontinental Cry

Fish Lake (Teztan Biny)

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

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Kinder Morgan pipeline threatens ecology and economy of Salish tribes

February 13, 2014. Source: Earth Justice

A boy pulls salmon from a net.  Photo: TULALIP TRIBES

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

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Rising Tide ‘fracks’ B.C. premier’s front lawn

November 3, 2013. Source: Rising Tide Vancouver Coast Salish Territories 

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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.
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“My generation has stood up and said, ‘No more’”

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

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.”

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Uninvited and unwelcome: First Nation asks Enbridge to leave territory following botched consultation

May 16 2013. Source: Market Wired

20100525-GITAGitga’at First Nation reminds Enbridge that Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tanker project is not welcome in Gitga’at territory

HARTLEY BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA - The Gitga’at First Nation has instructed Enbridge to leave its territory after the company and a team of oil spill response surveyors showed-up uninvited, during the nation’s annual food harvesting camp, a time of rich cultural activity and knowledge sharing.

Enbridge representatives were instructed to leave Gitga’at council chambers and Gitga’at territory, Wednesday morning, after councillors voiced their displeasure at not being consulted on an Enbridge oil spill response survey.

The dust-up comes on the eve of final oral arguments before the Joint Review Panel, which is reviewing the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

“Despite an ongoing review process, Enbridge has entered our territory and begun project work before their proposed oil tanker and pipeline project has even been approved,” said Arnold Clifton, Chief Councillor of the Gitga’at First Nation. “This is disrespectful to the Gitga’at First Nation, the review process, and the people of British Columbia, who oppose oil tankers in our coastal waters.” Continue reading

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Alberta aboriginals oppose B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam project; say needs more study

By Bob Weber, March 3 2013. Source: Edmonton Journal

The Peace-Athabasca Delta.

The Peace-Athabasca Delta.

EDMONTON – Alberta aboriginals are lining up against an energy project deemed crucial to the B.C. economy.

At least six bands in the northern part of the province — supported by the Alberta government — have registered major concerns with B.C. Hydro’s plans to build another dam on the Peace River, saying the utility still hasn’t understood the effects of previous projects on the Athabasca Delta and refuses to study them.

“It’s a very, very narrow approach to environmental assessment and we have so much concern,” said Melody Lepine, spokeswoman for the Mikisew Cree.

B.C. Hydro is currently accepting public comments on the environmental assessment of its proposed Site C Dam, which would be located south of Fort St. John. The project would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity and require a dam a kilometre long and 60 metres high, creating an 83-kilometre reservoir about three times the current width of the river. Continue reading

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Protesters arrested after storming pipeline hearings in Vancouver

Note: For video coverage, follow the CTV News link below.  –The GJEP Team

January 15 2013. Source: CTV News

Photo: Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Photo: Rising Tide Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Five people have been arrested in Vancouver after protesters burst into hearings on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project and cordoned off the room with tape.

Three men and two women are facing charges after they snuck into the hearing room Tuesday morning and started “causing a ruckus,” police said.

Police have now beefed up their presence at the downtown Vancouver hotel where the hearings are taking place.

The ongoing protests against Enbridge’s proposed oil pipeline have recently merged with the Idle No More movement, whose supporters are demanding that the federal government address First Nations treaty rights and the plight of Canada’s aboriginal people. Continue reading

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