Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Suite 200 – 1460 6th Avenue
Prince George, BC V2L 3N2
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Open Letter: UBCIC Supports Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council’s Opposition to Proposed Enbridge Pipeline and Fish Kill Bill
On behalf of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, I wish to express our complete solidarity with the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council and their many allies who stand with us all against the attempts of the tyrannical Harper Government’s to gut the laws and environmental processes to favour their industry cronies.
The Chiefs Council of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs have expressed total opposition to the proposed Enbridge Pipeline Project and we proudly and completely support the CSTC’s march and rally in Prince George today. Indigenous Peoples are standing in solidarity from the coast through the interior of British Columbia against the tarsands pipe dream of Enbridge.”
I regret I could not be with you today but it was necessary to participate in a meeting of like-minded organizations to develop a provincial-wide strategy against the omnibus Bill C-38 which was rammed through Parliament with little substantial change. As designed, C-38 will attempt to accelerate mega projects like the Enbridge Pipeline Project, Taseko Mines’ New Prosperity Mine and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline at the great expense of water, fish, land, animals and air. As a good friend pointed out, Bill C-38 is ultimately a Fish Kill Bill.
Once again, the CSTC is standing with their Indigenous neighbors to refuse to put their territories at risk for the short-term economic blip of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and the dramatic expansion of crude oil tanker traffic on the coast. As Indigenous Peoples, we will not stand idly by as third party industry interests are offered total access to the resources of our territories as our Indigenous Title, Rights and Treaty Rights are trampled upon. We agree with the CSTC that there is a growing urgency for all of us to act to protect our respective territories the rightful inheritance of our children’s children that is in effect their saved birthright.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip