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Heiltsuk infuriated by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s statement on diesel spill

October 26, 2016
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Heiltsuk infuriated by Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s statement on diesel spill
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Day 12: Ground Crews turn to Shoreline Contamination in Kirby Oil Spill

October 24, 2016
Bella Bella (October 24, 2106) – Shoreline cleanup crews have been deployed to try to recover diesel contaminating tidal beaches and rocky shoreline areas from the sunken Nathan E. Steward tug in Heiltsuk waters.
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Heiltsuk Nation Responds to New Measures to Improve Marine Safety

October 24, 2016

Bella Bella (October 24, 2106) – The Heiltsuk Nation is pleased with new interim measures announced today by the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA), including changes to waiver exemptions allowing vessels that carry petroleum products to traverse the West Coast without a Canadian marine pilot.

“While it’s regrettable that it took a diesel spill in Heiltsuk waters to get these safeguards in place, we appreciate that PPA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Obermeyer reached out and came to our community,” says Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Tribal Council.“Heiltsuk leadership is impressed that Mr. Obermeyer came to Bella Bella with recommendations to improve PPA regulations on the Central Coast,” says Chief Slett.

The Pacific Pilotage Authority has introduced several measures it says will take effect this week, including the requirement that a Master pilot be on the ship’s bridge when it travels through Heiltsuk and other coastal waters. 

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HEILTSUK IN SHOCK AS CRITICAL BARRIER CONTAINING SPILL BREAKS FREE

October 22, 2016

Bella Bella (October 22, 2016) –– Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett says her community is in a state of shock today as spilled diesel oil has broken free of barriers to contain it and weather worsens. 

“From the air, it looks like the spill is completely free in the water,” says Chief Slett who flew over the area yesterday. “Containment has been Heiltsuk priority from day one. Why weren’t seaworthy booms put in place immediately after the spill?”

Chief Slett says the oil spill response corporation WCMRC now plans to bring in more seaworthy booms. She says it will take at least a day for the new equipment to arrive in Bella Bella and a gale warning is in effect with winds expected to pick up to 35 to 45 knots tonight. 

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Support Heiltsuk in wake of Seaforth diesel spill

October 16, 2016

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In the wee hours of October 13th, the Nathan E. Stewart, a tug and US-based diesel barge, ran aground just north of Bella Bella.

While the barge has been secured and towed to safety, the tug sank late Thursday morning. Of the 60,000 gallons of fuel on board, less than 7,000 gallons were pumped before the tug went down. What remains is either in the leaking tug, or already in the water.

Community members have been on scene from dawn to dusk every day to lay boom and assist with cleanup efforts. The lag in early response and difficulties with coordination and weather have created ripple effects resulting in ongoing complications with fuel recovery.

Heiltsuk have been vocal about marine shipping issues and the hazards posed by vessels of this nature. Community members have made it clear that a spill was inevitable - it was only a matter of time.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COASTAL FIRST NATIONS RENEWS CALL FOR OIL TANKER BAN ON BC COAST IN AFTERMATH OF BELLA BELLA SPILL

October 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COASTAL FIRST NATIONS RENEWS CALL FOR OIL
TANKER BAN ON BC COAST IN AFTERMATH OF BELLA BELLA SPILL


Vancouver, BC (October 14, 2016) – Coastal First Nations renews its call today for a ban on crude oil tanker traffic and says First Nations must be at the table to determine what went wrong in Thursday’s diesel spill near the Heiltsuk First Nation of Bella Bella, BC.

“Our worst fears have materialized. It’s time for Canada to move forward on its promise to ban crude oil tankers on the BC coast,” says Coastal First Nations Chair Kelly Russ. “To prevent another tragic event like this, the Heiltsuk First Nation must be a full partner in the inquiry to come into what went wrong, not just presenting evidence. This must include First Nations involvement in any future decision-making about ship traffic transiting territorial waters.”

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The People and the Place: Great Bear Rainforest

September 25, 2016

As preparations gear up for the Royal visit to Bella Bella on Monday, the Heiltsuk Nation are proud to share our amazing Traditional Territory with the world.
 
This is the first in a series of videos showcasing coastal First Nations communities and our work to protect our land and sea.

heiltsuknation.ca  coastalfirstnations.ca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgGUlMnukHk

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The People and the Place: Great Bear Rainforest

September 25, 2016

As preparations gear up for the Royal visit to Bella Bella on Monday, the Heiltsuk Nation are proud to share our amazing Traditional Territory with the world.
 
This is the first in a series of videos showcasing coastal First Nations communities and our work to protect our land and sea.

heiltsuknation.ca  coastalfirstnations.ca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgGUlMnukHk

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World spotlight on Bella Bella as Heiltsuk Nation Welcomes Royal Visit

September 24, 2016

(Bella Bella, September 24, 2016) – On Monday, September 26th, the Heiltsuk Nation will host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bella Bella as part of their upcoming royal tour to Canada.

“We are honoured to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to our traditional territories,” says Chief Marilyn Slett.  “The Royal visit provides an opportunity for the Royal family, Canadians and the world to learn about the Heiltsuk Nation and the beautiful place we call home.”  

During their visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will witness a plaque unveiling to officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative recognizing indigenous forests in 53 Commonwealth countries and promoting forest conservation.

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Bella Bella prepares for spotlight with royal visit

September 22, 2016

Imagine children’s voices singing a traditional Heiltsuk song as waves from the Pacific Ocean lap against a breakwater.

That will be one of the scenes greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday when an excited Heiltsuk Nation welcomes the royals to Bella Bella.

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