NEWS RELEASE · 15th June 2013
Anti Enbridge Rally Committee
TERRACE, BC – The answer is still no for residents of Northern BC as the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel (JRP) holds final argument hearings in Terrace. Hundreds from across the region will rally in Terrace on Sunday, June 16th.
“The vision of those attending the rally is based on respect,” said Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations. “Respect for the rights and interests of the First Nations in the region. Respect for the environment. Respect for the critical role that all British Columbians have in caring for the coast and creating opportunities for their own future.”
Over 95 per cent of the letters of comment submitted to the JRP were opposed (9,150 out of a total of 9,567).
At Community Hearings around the province, 1159 people spoke in opposition to the proposal, with just two in support.
Outside of the hearings, 160 First Nations, 31 municipalities, 2 regional districts, 6 unions, and over 250,000 public actions have openly expressed opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Proposal.
“The BC government’s rejection of the proposal as currently presented demonstrates that the people of this province have been heard, but the province does not hold final decision making power,” said Mikael Jensen, NWCCSU Organizer and Organizing Committee Representative. “We continue to call on the federal government to stand up for our jobs, families and collective future by saying no to this destructive project.”
The Terrace rally will be held at George Little Park at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 16th. Speakers will include Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations and Gerald Amos, Chair, Friends of Wild Salmon, with live performances by Rachelle Van Zanten and the Gitlaxdax Nisga'a Dancers. Following this the crowd will march through downtown Terrace.