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Haisla and Kitlope Chiefs walk in to hearing room while the Spirit of the Kitlope drum and dance
REPORTING · 11th January 2012
Merv Ritchie
Full Video of Drum/Dance Linked
A stunning display of culture and a moving series of songs. The Haisla Dancers, Spirit of the Kitlope, drummed in the Haisla Elders to begin the Canadian Federal Governments National Energy Boards, Joint Review Panel on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines proposal.

This occurred on the morning of January 10, 2012 at the Haisla Nation community of Kitamaat Village on the shores of Douglas Channel where the pipeline will end. Tankers are then part of the plan to carry the oil away.

The great worry for the Haisla is a spill destroying their life.

This video presentation is the entire dance and opening ceremony of the JRP Hearings in Kitamaat Village.

Watch it here

Caught outside the hearing room at the end of day one of the Joint Review Panel of Canada's National Energy Board, this young group of performers from Bella Bella used the moment to express themselves.

This song is completely new and unique from all others we have recorded.

Watch it here

Read the details of the presentations here.

From Friends of Wild Salmon

Video from the first day of the Enbridge pipeline hearings in Kitamaat Village.

Day one of the Enbridge pipeline review hearings was a day to remember. In Kitamaat Village on the banks of the Douglas Channel, where the proposed Enbridge pipeline would supply a proposed crude oil supertanker port, members of the Haisla First Nation and other Northwest BC residents made it clear that the pipeline is not welcome.

Click here to watch the video on Youtube

Speaker after speaker met with loud applause from the audience, as Haisla Chiefs told powerful stories about growing up in their territories and how they have relied on trapping and fishing for thousands of years. Visiting First Nations including members of the Heiltsuk, Gitga’at and Kitasoo First Nations attended the hearing to stand alongside the Haisla in opposition to the pipeline.

Haisla chiefs spoke of the demise of the Oolichan fishery, which has been killed off by the impacts of industrial development. But while the river has lost its Oolichan, the Chiefs vowed to protect their wild salmon runs which continue to sustain their community.

Elected Chief Ellis Ross emphasized that the Haisla are not anti-development and that they want jobs, and said they must also protect the natural resources they have left.

Visit Friends of Wild Salmon for periodic updates on the JRP hearings, including videos. http://www.friendsofwildsalmon.ca/
Two young drummers
Two young drummers
The three member Panel and the Chiefs in their regalia stand in respect
The three member Panel and the Chiefs in their regalia stand in respect
The performance, dancing in the upper right by youth in masks and regalia while the singers and drummers fill the room with music
The performance, dancing in the upper right by youth in masks and regalia while the singers and drummers fill the room with music
The exit dance
The exit dance