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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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“MaPPing BC’S OCEAN FUTURE” film trailer released

May 13, 2014


May 13, 2014

CONTACT: Karen Meyer, Executive Director and Film Producer, Green Fire Productions

503-709-5467, karen@greenfireproductions.org



International award-winning film production company, Green Fire Productions, is releasing the trailer for their upcoming film today, “MaPPing BC’s Ocean Future.”


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Coastal First Nations React to Transport Canada’s announcement on "world class tanker safety"

May 13, 2014

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.”

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Coastal First Nations Launch Oil Spill Truth Campaign On 25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez

March 24, 2014


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.


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January 7, 2014

(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."

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Coastal First Nations Respond to Joint Review Panel Recommendation on the Northern Gateway Pipeline

December 19, 2013

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.”

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Coastal First Nations reacts to Douglas Eyford’s “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships” Report

December 5, 2013

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.”

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Stop an oil spill from destroying a global treasure. Be a Canadian who cares.

November 19, 2013

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.

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