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Prayer ties at the sacred fire
CONTRIBUTION · 2nd January 2012
Melanie Smoke
''This is not just a first nations issue...this affects everyone in BC.Where will Beautiful BC be, when it is not beautiful anymore?
Our first nations people need to stand united in the battle with the oil and natural gas companies from building pipelines and putting tankers off our coast because when disaster strikes ...who will be left with the mess? Who will suffer the most with no fish, no moose, no deer, no seafood etc ...that is our way of life.

Tourism, farming and fishing etc make way more money each year than what those companies are offering for a short term project to lay a pipeline. We have one of the most beautiful , untouched places on earth..and many tourists have told me that countless times over the years. We have clean water which will be the most high demand and the most valuable commodity ...worth more than oil or gas in the future.

Why? Why would we want to destroy all of this?

Not to mention one of our oldest first nations law is to -not trespass on another nations territory...this is one of the laws that Elmer Derrick broke when he and whomever was involved at GTS went into even talks of this agreement. It is shameful and utterly disrespectful to our neighbors whose land would be directly affected.

We as the majority of Gitxsan did not agree (and were not even aware this was in progress otherwise it would have been caught sooner by our people) to break the unity vow with our people that was made before Canada was Canada. We apologize on our behalves to our neighbors for this huge embarrassment and mistake that we are not responsible for. This vow linked all our traditional protocols and laws together with all first nations ...and which allowed us to be diverse but share and trade with each other.

Now is the time that you as first nations and you as a BC resident can not just sit idly by and watch things happen and complain when things do not turn out the way you want it to be. You must stand up and voice your opinion and stand up for what is right and just for your province and your people. I know some people think ' well this doesn't and won't affect me' , but i assure you when a spill happens ...it will affect you if it comes through BC.

It is time to save what is left of mother earth now, there is no more time to waste. No amount of money is worth destroying what we have. Please think about it, talk about it, do something about it.

How do you want to be remembered?"

A matter of fact and opinion,
Melanie Smoke
Gitxsan, Nuu Chah Nulth & Italian
Some of our future
Some of our future
NO MEANS NO
NO MEANS NO
Standing up for what we believe in
Standing up for what we believe in
strong Gitxsan fire keepers
strong Gitxsan fire keepers
we are together
Comment by al earl on 3rd January 2012
totally agree, we must stand together as brothers and sisters and defend our home against big business and greed, we must fight corruption and dictatorship and share with the world morally responsible decisions based on freedom and peoples rights. The planet is not infinetely renewable and we don't have the option to move when it is destroyed. Every voice is strong and matters. It is time we stand together and make a differance, this is our home and it's time to protect it.
Enbridge
Comment by Jack Riddle on 2nd January 2012
To the Gitxsan people, you are not alone in this fight . The majority of north west communities are on your side. In Kitimat there are a few fence sitters trying to pick the right way to go, right Jo? I think we should organize People Against Enbridge this spring.

I do have a questions directed to the N.E.B. : How can you entertain an application by a company with the record Enbridge holds? They represent everything most Canadians have so little faith in. If they continue to function in the future as they have in the past we are looking at a major disaster in North West BC. Is our government looking after it's citizens or big business?