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May 13, 2014
CONTACT: Karen Meyer, Executive Director and Film Producer, Green Fire Productions
NEW FILM ON BC’S OCEAN RELEASED
“MaPPing BC’S OCEAN FUTURE”
International award-winning film production company, Green Fire Productions, is releasing the trailer for their upcoming film today, “MaPPing BC’s Ocean Future.”
Today’s announcement ignores recent recommendations of the government’s own tanker safety expert panel
(Vancouver, May 13, 2014) – The Coastal First Nations are dismayed and disappointed with Transport Canada’s announcement claiming to strengthen its already “robust” tanker safety system, including its failure to require unlimited liability for oil tanker companies in the event of a major oil spill.
“If the announcement was meant to demonstrate to BC that they are committed to meeting its five conditions, then they have a lot more work to do,” said Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations. “It’s clear the government is continuing to manage risk at our expense and without our involvement or agreement.”
Coastal First Nations call on British Columbians to support their ban on oil tankers
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (March 24, 2014) - The Coastal First Nations launched an oil spill truth campaign, featuring 10 oil spill truths every British Columbian should know: oilspilltruths.com.
The oil spill truths are part of a social media, newspaper and radio campaign to inform British Columbians of the true impacts of oil spills and the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tankers project.
The Coastal First Nations are asking British Columbians to make an online pledge to support their ban on oil tankers in their traditional territories.
(VANCOUVER, BC, January 7 2014 - How much money might "Cheeky" the bear have earned for British Columbia, had he not been shot by a trophy hunter? A new economic analysis produced by a Stanford University-affiliated research institute suggests: a lot. Instead, the young grizzly was killed by NHL player Clayton Stoner, who cut off the bear's head and left his body to rot. Today, new data show the economic benefits of trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest are so small, the activity may actually cost taxpayers more than it brings in.
"This study reinforces what First Nations in the area have been saying for years," said Kitasoo/Xai'xais councillor Doug Neasloss. "Bears are worth more alive than they are dead. That goes for our communities, the ecosystems on the coast, and now we find out it's true for the B.C. government too."
First Nations say panel decision is overshadowed by an incomplete risk assessment and the unaddressed question of Aboriginal Title and Rights.
(Vancouver, BC December 19, 2013) – The Coastal First Nations are disappointed, but not surprised by the Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) recommendation to conditionally approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project, a recommendation that highlights unaddressed issues and questions that must be answered for First Nations and British Columbians.
“We aren’t surprised by the JRP’s recommendation,” said Coastal First Nations Executive Director Art Sterritt. “Their power and authority to make a decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline was stripped by the Federal Government early in the process, so their ability to make an independent decision was seriously compromised.”
Coastal First Nations reacts to Douglas Eyford’s “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships” Report
Vancouver, BC (December 5, 2013) – The Coastal First Nations look forward to working with the Federal Government to implement the recommendations in Douglas Eyford’s Forging Partnerships Building Relationships report.
Eyford was appointed as Canada’s Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure. He engaged First Nation communities on ways to benefit from future energy infrastructure development.
Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said the recommendations that the Federal Government work collaboratively with First Nations on the challenges and opportunities related to resource development in BC is encouraging. “The report provides a roadmap that supports the re-emergence of a sustainable economy on the coast.”
Global campaign Asks Canadians to Care about oil pipelines, tankers in the Great Bear
by Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations and David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada
What would Canadians do if the Great Barrier Reef was at risk of being destroyed? Or if the Amazon was on the brink of annihilation? We would do what we—and citizens across the world—have done. We would stand together and say “no.”
Right now a global treasure, the Great Bear, is at risk in Canada’s own backyard. You can help. And it is as simple as standing up and saying you care.
The Great Bear region is the destination of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline. A project that would transport 525 thousand barrels of diluted bitumen everyday from Alberta’s oil sands over forest and river. That would bring 220 super oil tankers into the Great Bear Sea every year. A project that would virtually guarantee an oil spill.
Grizzly "overkill" study reinforces necessity of Coastal First Nations ban on trophy hunting
(VANCOUVER, BC, November 6 2013) Data released as part of BC's first peer-reviewed scientific study of grizzly bear mortality reinforces a concern long held by Coastal First Nations: trophy hunting is putting the future of grizzly populations at risk.
A paper published today by researchers from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation in the scientific journal PLOS ONE reveals that by the BC government's own standards, half the hunting territories in the province experienced unacceptable "overkills" of grizzly bears between 2001 and 2011.
What matters to 5 year old Koda from the Gitga'at Nation? Watch Coastal First Nations new video Koda and the Orca.