Listen up: A First Nations message for the oil patch »

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

t a business conference in the Alberta Rockies last week, some of Canada’s heaviest hitters in energy offered their renditions of essentially the same tune. Market access was the topic, and the consensus among the premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick as well as bosses at the largest pipeline and oil companies was that we as a nation should have it. That means oil flowing to where it will fetch its highest price, whether that means the coasts of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico or Pacific. The result: jobs and a stronger economy across the country. A key reason for snags, they agreed, is opponents have swayed some of the public against their well-backed-up assertions that the oil sands are being developed responsibly, and the industry is bringing all available technology to bear in cutting carbon emissions and transporting the stuff safely.

BC First Nations Liquid Natural Gas Summit »

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, B.C. – First Nations, governments and developers took a major step today towards making sure First Nations are properly informed and equipped to make decisions about proposed liquid natural gas (LNG) developments in Northern B.C.

Media Advisory FN LNG Summit »

Friday, October 4, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, B.C. - The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council will be hosting the B.C. First Nations LNG Summit for First Nations, provincial, federal and international governments, and proponents of natural gas developments in Prince George, B.C.  The invitation-only two day event is designed to build relationships between First Nations communities, governments and developers to address the many complicated challenges and opportunities associated with these large projects.

CSTC Unity on Pipelines »

Monday, May 27, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia.  Canada. It’s time that Premier Christy Clark meet with the CSTC Chiefs to discuss natural gas pipeline proposals impacting CSTC member First Nations territories.  The CSTC First Nations are unified and adamant that these natural gas pipeline projects will have a challenges ahead without our free, prior and informed consent.

Yinka Dene Alliance: Time for Enbridge to give up on Northern Gateway »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Today, May 8, the Enbridge board of directors is meeting with shareholders in Calgary for the Enbridge annual general meeting. In the past, we, the chiefs of the Yinka Dene Alliance, have personally attended this meeting to explain to Enbridge senior management and shareholders why our communities have rejected the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project. We have decided not to be with you this time, but our message today, as always, is that this and any other oil pipeline will not cross our homelands in British Columbia.

Ottawa names liaison with First Nations »

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Harper government's second announcement in as many days aimed at winning British Columbians' trust on oilsands pipelines was greeted Tuesday with praise by Enbridge Inc. and with skepticism by a West Coast First Nations leader.
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, in a speech in Terrace, announced the appointment of a "special federal representative" to talk to B.C. and Alberta First Nations about natural resource developments - including the proposed $6.5 billion Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline to Kitimat. Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford will report to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

CSTC Invites Dr. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues »

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia.  Canada. The Chiefs of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council have extended an invitation to Dr. James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues to come visit with the CSTC Chiefs and its members.  The CSTC request is part of several others from First Nations in BC and Canada, including a recent one from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).  There however seems to be a delay by the Government of Canada in processing the formalities needed by Dr. Anaya to visit First Nations peoples in Canada.

Who will protect the land from reckless development? »

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Several years ago, sitting in my office in Vancouver where I was heading up Ecotrust Canada — a west coast conservation and community development organization — I received a call from Alberta from a senior communications executive at Shell Canada.

Shell, at the time, was at the early stages of a coal bed methane exploration program in Northern British Columbia, specifically in Tahltan country, in and around Iskut. The natives, it seems, were restless. Shell had provincial permits to develop lands in a region called the Klappan, adjacent to the Spatsizi wilderness area, and had been trying to get trucks and drill rigs in place to pursue its legal authority to assay the abundant gas reserves there. It had sunk three test wells, but that’s as far as it got.

CSTC Concerned about Gas Pipelines »

Monday, January 28, 2013

Dakelh Territory, Prince George, British Columbia.  Canada. The Chiefs of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and their members are concerned about the growing pressures from the various gas pipelines that are being proposed through unceded lands of CSTC member First Nations.  To date there are three new proposals including two from TransCanada, and one from Spectra.

Opposition to Enbridge Grows as First Nations and Mayor of Vancouver Stand Together »

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project continued to gain momentum today as the Tahltan Central Council, the Tahltan Band Council and the BC Metis Federation signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an indigenous law declaration banning tar sands pipelines and tankers from crossing British Columbia, signed by over 130 First Nations.

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