NEWS RELEASE · 3rd December 2011
Gitanmaax Indian Band
“The Gitxsan People are outraged with the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Agreement”
Contrary To the announcement of Elmer Derrick of today’s date, the representatives of the Plaintiffs To the British Columbia Supreme Court Action No. 15150, Cited as Spookw v. Gitxsan Treaty Society, Oppose the Agreement. The Gitxsan Plaintiffs include Hereditary Chiefs And four Gitxsan Bands with a population of over 6,000 Gitxsan people; the majority of whom are House Members in the Gitxsan Traditional system represented by Hereditary Chief, Spookw, In the court action.
The Representatives do not support Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Agreement entered into by Elmer Derrick And state “Elmer Derrick And the Gitxsan Treaty Society/Gitxsan Economic Development Corp. Does not speak for all Gitxsan. The Gitxsan People had no knowledge of the proposed Agreement Nor were they consulted”. The Plaintiffs Contend that the Gitxsan Treaty Society, Or the Gitxsan Development Corporation, Does not have the authority to enter into such Agreements Without consulting or being authorized by the Gitxsan people.
Knowledge Of the signed Agreement was only obtained through media, much like the Gitxsan Alternative Governance Model Of May 2008, The subject matter of litigation in Spookw v. Gitxsan Treaty Society.
The Representatives say that not only were the communities not consulted, but importantly, the Environmental Review Process Is not yet complete with community hearings being scheduled for January 2012; therefore, a decision to support it is, at best, premature. Until the Environmental Assessment is complete there is no basis for saying this project is safe to build.
The Representatives say the 7 Million Dollars is a pittance in comparison to the potential environmental impacts which will be catastrophic. The GTS/GED Is willing to jeopardize the sustenance of the First Nations People for a few million dollars is reprehensible and is not supported by the Gitxsan people.
Mr. Derrick Espouses the importance of Gitxsan Law; however, breached such law by announcing and celebrating the Agreement on the day of the funeral of an elder matriarch and Hereditary Chief. This Type of conduct brings shame and is disrespectful to the grieving family and the traditional system.
The Representatives say that Mr. Derrick has embarrassed and shamed the Gitxsan People by undermining the 61 First Nations who are opposed to the project. The Representatives say “We stand in solidarity to those opposing it.”
FIGHT ENBRIDGE NOT ME
Comment by Linda Halyk on 4th December 2011
Thank you Richard, OMG one more person saying no.
Bryan if you think the polls on Kitimat & Terrace Daily are anywhere near accurate, I have a bridge to sell you.
I'm guessing you want the pipeline to go through, because like Mr. Derrick you are falling for all the crap that Enbridge, Harper, Clark and probably some of our local politicians are spewing.
Jim, Mrs. Antonios, Bryan N. why don't you tell us the reasons why you think we should accept the Enbridge pipeline. I've heard that the risks far out weigh the benefits and we've all seen the pictures of the devastation caused elsewhere.
,,, Mrs Antonios you can do your own poll of Kitimat, if you like, it would be 600 people and cost you $12,000.00 and it would be impartial and there would be no tampering, or fixing like the daily polls where you can vote over and over again. It would be a fair and impartial representation of the town.
Nice of you to assume that the people of the lower mainland don't give a hoot. I hope you haven't offended to many people in town. People from the lower mainland come here to fish all the time, the rivers are very well known all around the world. Why would you make such a statement about the Lower Mainland? Did you need to go to Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Kalamazoo, Michigan how about Africa to see the drought and babies dying? I don't think you did? Why are eight Mayors in the lower mainland signed a letter saying no, to more bitumen/ crude oil being piped to the Port of Vancouver and tankered through Burrard inlet? Why do you think the First Nations signed The Save the Fraser Declaration? An Enbridge spill will kill the entire Coast of British Columbia, the Fraser and on and on, it won't be just the North.
It will not take 4 million of us to say no it will take First Nations and those of us who have the guts and have educated ourselves enough to know it is not worth the risk, and are not afraid to stand with them. We will organize and we will save the Great Bear Rain Forest, the Fraser River and the Coast for you and there will be no need to thank us because we didn't do it for you we did it for the next and the next and the next generation.
Did you know we are the only industrialized country that does not have an oil reserve, so lets give it away along with our other raw resources, logs, power, water , what did Jean Simon say at RTA announcement "The smelter will be powered by our exclusively, fully owned Kemano Hydro Power Facilities". I'm not against the modernization so don't start typing.
I will stand in solidarity with the First Nations', I will not continue to drive a wedge between us.
The whole point is to find a clean alternative, stop polluting the earth with dirty tar sands oil.
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 4th December 2011
The polls on here are far from accurate .Don't forget Joe Salema was polling 55%on here for a seat on council and where did that get him. These polls are way off ,to easy to manipulate. Another factor is Terrace and Kitimat are always at opposite ends of the spectrum .Maybe if citizens of terrace were told they had to live in Kitimat, to work at the new industries setting up in Kitimat ,they might be opposed to a pipeline also because there is no benefit to them . Just food for thought.
Comment by Jim on 4th December 2011
You are absolutely right Brian and I did see that poll on Daily that shows the issue at a close 50/50 split. I don't know where some of these people are getting their numbers from she must have conducted her own Province poll. Oh and you missed the one on this site a couple of weeks ago
from another regular contributor on the daily
that claimed 85 to 90 percent of canadians are opposed to enbridge . He must of conducted his own national poll.
Comment by djb on 4th December 2011
I agree completely with Bryan. It would however be interesting to know the number of voters in that online poll.10 people or 1000people?
Comment by richard on 4th December 2011
who cares about the poll. greasy palms in terrace too.don`t kid yourself
no pipeline here.
Comment by Bryan N on 4th December 2011
Isn't it just a bit presumptuous of you to say that BC says no? Have you asked the other 4 million residents what they think? Truth be told I would guess the stats would be near 50/50. Check out the recent poll on the terrace daily site.
When BC says NO we mean NO
Comment by Linda Halyk on 3rd December 2011
Thank you to the Gitxsan people.
You have many other 's standing with you against Enbridge.
Looks like Enbridge and Janet Holder have egg on their faces. The pipeline does not go through the Gitxsan territory. I guess your divide and conquer isn't going to work.
Grabbing at straws, finding the weakest link, are they running scared.
Stop wasting our time, your money, get a grip on reality.
It's time Harper and Enbridge realize when BC says NO we mean NO.
It just takes one
Comment by AJ on 3rd December 2011
This is the start of the pipe line reaching Kitimat, would not be surprised to see the native solidarity start to crumble...