Lheidli T’enneh Territory/Prince George BC – Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Mr. Greg Rickford announced today that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project can proceed based on the Joint Review Panel’s recommendations, subject to 209 conditions. The Harper government and Enbridge are wasting time and taxpayers money. The CSTC and the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) stand along with hundreds of First Nations, BC municipalities, and a majority of Canadian citizens opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, RPF declared, “This project is not worth the risk. Our indigenous laws state that such a project cannot be allowed to threaten our waterways and our lands.” He added, “We ARE THE WALL that Enbridge and Harper cannot pass.” In 2006 the CSTC conducted extensive community engagement with its 5,000 + members, as well as completed several studies including an Aboriginal Interest and Use Study (AIUS). In all the reports and community meetings held, there was unanimous evidence to support that the risks posed by heavy crude pipelines are not worthy in Carrier Sekani Territory.
“Enbridge has soured the relationship with First Nations. The Prime Minister has failed Canadians and First Nations to demonstrate world class leadership on how to work with indigenous peoples. We will not allow Enbridge to proceed, period”, said Tribal Chief Teegee. He continued, “We’ll be preparing to address next steps with our neighbours, local government and other First Nations to ensure that our rights are protected. We’re prepared to take this to the United Nations, and the courts. We’re prepared to defend our lands at all costs. Awetza.”
Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, RPF: (250) 562-6279 ext. 223; Cell (250) 640-3256
Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, Coordinator – YDA: (250) 570-1482
Anne-Marie Sam, Councilor – Nak’azdli Indian Band: (250) 649-8284