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Coastal First Nations reacts to Tsilhqot’in Decision

June 26, 2014

(Vancouver, June 26, 2014) – The Tsilhqot’in decision is a major victory for all First Nations people in British Columbia and Canada. “It represents a massive shift in the relationship between First Nations and governments,” said Art Sterritt.

Sterritt, the executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said the decision also reaffirms the long road First Nations been on for the last 45 years.  “Many of our leaders have worked tirelessly to get to this point where the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously recognized our Aboriginal Rights to the land.”

First Nations owe a lot of gratitude to the Tsilhqot’in people, he said. “We thank and honour Chief Roger William, Tsilhqot’in chiefs, elders, community members and his team for their perseverance and unwavering commitment.”

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First Nation Completes “Symbolic Blockade” of Douglas Channel In Opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

June 20, 2014

HARTLEY BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA (June 20, 2014) - Members of the Gitga’at First Nation have successfully stretched a crochet “Chain of Hope” across the Douglas Channel as a symbol of their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tankers project. 

A flotilla of boats from the community began the journey at 2pm after inclement weather delayed their launch. Gitga’at women paddled a canoe across the channel in the pouring rain, carrying a giant spool of multicolor crochet wool, interspersed with mementoes and fishing floats with messages written on them.
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Media Advisory: First Nation to Blockade Douglas Channel in Opposition to Northern Gateway Pipeline and Oil Tankers

June 19, 2014
Attention News Editors: 

The Gitga’at First Nation will be blockading the Douglas Channel tomorrow morning (June 20, 2014) to show their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tankers in BC’s narrow coastal waters. 

What: Gitga’at women, children and men will float a 20,382 foot long crochet “Chain of Hope” across the Douglas Channel between Hawkesbury Island and Hartley Bay. 

All shipping will be stopped. Visit: www.chainofhope.ca
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Heiltsuk Nation responds to Federal Government decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project

June 17, 2014

(June 17, 2014, Bella Bella) The Federal Government’s decision to approve with conditions Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project isn’t surprising, says Heiltsuk Nation Chief Marilyn Slett.

 The Heiltsuk didn’t expect Canada to reject the Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) despite the many deficiencies related to the risky project, said Chief Marilyn Slett.  “The government has been clear from the beginning that the project will go ahead without First Nations support, without social licence or without having to address issues such as “world-class” oil spill technology.”

 The Heiltsuk will continue to oppose the NGP project. “This decision represents the end of another round in a long fight to protect our lands, waters and resources. We will not back down.”

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Coastal First Nations Declare Northern Gateway Pipeline “Effectively Dead”

June 17, 2014

Premier Christy Clark called on to reject pipeline once and for all to preserve broader resource dialogue in BC and relationships with First Nations. 


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (June 1_, 2014) – Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is “effectively dead” because Enbridge will never meet the conditions for approval outlined by the federal government.


The government’s announcement giving its approval to Enbridge is meaningless.  “It’s an approval in name only. This project is dead,” said Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations. “The project can’t proceed with these conditions. We’ve been clear there is no technology to clean up an oil spill and the dispersant that is used causes more damage than the oil itself.”


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June 16, 2014

First Nations, 2 in 3 British Columbians deny Northern Gateway permission to proceed

Vancouver, June 16 2014 – A coalition of First Nations and civil society groups today delivered a final rejection of Enbridge’s pipeline and oil tanker project. With many First Nations gearing up for court battles to protect their territories from this risky proposal, representatives of Coastal First Nations, Dogwood Initiative, Unifor, West Coast Environmental Law, Douglas Channel Watch and One Cowichan promised to work together to defeat Northern Gateway, regardless of any approvals issued by the federal cabinet.

“Our people have lived on this coast for 10,000 years,” said Art Sterritt, Executive Director of Coastal First Nations. “Over that time we developed laws and protocols to keep human impacts on the landscape in balance. Those laws are still in effect. Crude oil tankers are banned in our territories under First Nations law.”

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Heiltsuk Nation standing their ground against Enbridge

June 7, 2014

Chief Marilyn Slett

Despite spending millions of dollars trying to buy support for its Northern Gateway Project Enbridge still doesn’t have the support of First Nations and the majority of British Columbians.  Some of its hollow claims include saving the salmon and continually exaggerating the benefits while under estimating or not even reporting the environmental and social costs of the project. These claims simply aren’t true.

The Heiltsuk Nation is making one promise. We will do whatever it takes to stop oil tanker traffic in our waters. With the Federal Government expected to announce its decision on whether or not to approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project (NGP) as early as next week we must continue to work together to ensure the project doesn’t go ahead.

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Opinion: Oil-spill cleanup is a myth

June 5, 2014

Let’s hope for truly world-class leadership and a clear ‘no’ from Harper and Clark on Northern Gateway

By Art Sterritt, Special to the Vancouver Sun June 4, 2014 2:32 PM

A recent Bloomberg-Nanos poll shows a majority of British Columbians want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to either delay or kill the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Their No. 1 concern is oil spills, and for good reason: no technology is capable of cleaning up more than 10 per cent of diluted bitumen from an ocean spill, much less in the treacherous waters of B.C.’s North Coast.

This should be a wakeup call for Premier Christy Clark. One of her five conditions for approving the construction of heavy oil pipelines and tanker projects in B.C. is “world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems” to “manage and mitigate the risks and costs” of pipeline and oil tanker spills.

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May 13, 2014

KLEMTU, May 13, 2014 – Professional bear guides from British Columbia’s Coastal First Nations are inviting a pair of lucky hunters to come shoot bears in the Great Bear Rainforest – using cameras instead of guns.

Spirit Bear Lodge, a First Nations-owned and operated facility, is offering an all-expenses-paid bear viewing experience in exchange for a Limited Entry Hunt authorization for grizzly bear within Coastal First Nations territories. The winner will be selected in a random draw, with additional prizes for runners-up.

The grand prize includes round-trip airfare for two, five nights’ deluxe island accommodation, and daily adventures deep into grizzly country with experienced professional guides. Guests will learn more about First Nations culture, wildlife science – and the vibrant new economy emerging on the coast.

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