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REPORTING · 10th June 2010
Walter McFarlane
A GATHERING OF NATIONS PART 10

Already, many of the First Nations from around the Sacred Circle had spoken at the Solidarity Gathering of Nations at Kitamaat Village on Saturday May 29th. However, there was still one group which had not. Gujaaw, from the Council of the Haida Nation rose to speak.

“We are here for a reason and that reason is very important. The Haida People are in full support of what’s happening and what’s going to happen,” said Gujaaw. “I see today that we are all working together as one. And if we work and continue working together, there isn’t a nation in the world that could defeat us. So let us continue to work together to fight the pipeline” said Gujaaw.

He related a story about a boat which went missing in Hecate Strait which demonstrated the dangers of the area the super tankers will be traveling in. Hereditary Chief Reynold Russ stepped up next to speak. He sang for the memory of aboriginal people around the world who have given their lives to defend their lands from corporations.

He spoke about watching the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico stating they are proud to be able to still live off of the land. He said their culture comes from the land. “Everything that makes us what we are comes directly from the land,” he stated.

He said they fought hard to protect their land. He expressed they were faced with a greater threat than logging had been to them and argued this was not a good place to put tankers.

He reminded the people there are a lot of things had been done to his people. There were efforts to severe them from the ties to the land. Things such as isolating them on reserves, boarding schools and stated they were able to return to their lands and pick up the pieces.

He said Enbridge and the politicians would be willing to take the risk but the people who live off the coast would be the ones who would live with the consequences. The decisions could not be left with the politicians or Enbridge.