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Please note that this pipeline project endangers the Great Bear Rainforest.
“The Yinka Dene Alliance includes Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli, Takla Lake, Saik’uz, Wet’suwet’en, and Tl’azt’en First Nations in northern BC” [British Columbia, Canada] “who have banned the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines from their territories“. http://yinkadene.ca/index.php/about
“First Nations Gain Powerful New Allies in Fight Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, Tankers
~Solidarity Accord aligns First Nations with supporters from across Canadian society ahead of a Joint Review Panel decision on the project ~
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, COAST SALISH TERRITORY – (December 5, 2013) – The Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) has welcomed a new signatory to the Save the Fraser Declaration and has also launched a new Solidarity Accord, backed by some of Canada and BC’s most powerful unions, as well as a host of local leaders from tourism businesses, municipal government, health and conservation organizations.
The Save the Fraser Declaration is an indigenous law banning tar sands pipelines and tankers from crossing BC, signed by representatives of over 130 First Nations.
Chief Archie Patrick of the Stellat’en First Nation signed the declaration, just moments before the launch of the new Solidarity Accord by Unifor, the BC Teachers’ Federation, the BC Wilderness Tourism Association, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the David Suzuki Foundation among others.
The Stellat’en First Nation is one of many First Nations along the proposed pipeline route that Enbridge has been trying to woo for years.” http://yinkadene.ca/index.php/media/first_nations_gain_powerful_new_allies_in_fight_againstenbridge_northern_ga (Bold added for emphasis. Full text at link or below; More information, petition, and Save the Fraser Declaration below. BC is British Columbia. BC falls readily from the lips of Canadians or anyone who has ever lived in Canada, but British Columbia is largely unknown as BC elsewhere).
“The federal government will soon make a decision on approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipelines and tankers project. The Yinka Dene Alliance of First Nations is committed to using all lawful means to stop this devastating project from ever being built through our territories, and has joined with other First Nations to create a powerful and unbroken wall of opposition. We are asking you to stand with us to Hold the Wall.
In December 2010, First Nations across BC and Alberta came together in a show of unprecedented solidarity to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by signing the Save the Fraser Declaration.
Representatives of over 130 First Nations throughout BC and Canada are now signatories to this powerful legal document that protects the lands and waters we all rely on from devastating oil spills for all people and all generations.
This is the critical time to show that citizens of British Columbia and Canada stand with First Nations to hold this wall.” [Bold added by us for emphasis. Add signature here: http://www.holdthewall.ca It is a beautiful web site.]
“We, the First Nations of the Yinka Dene Alliance, continue to steward the lands and waters in our territories according to our ancestral laws. We have used those laws, expressed in the Save the Fraser Declaration, to ban Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and similar tar sands projects from our territories. Our laws require that we do this to defend the lands and waters we rely on:
“We and other First Nations are using our lawful authority to protect the land and water from dangerous tar sands projects like Enbridge’s that threaten our way of life and that of future generations. But our collective future remains on a knife’s edge as the federal government considers approving the project.
The time is now when First Nations call on all Canadians to stand with us, in whatever way you can: with your voice, in the streets, or on the land. Can we count on you?
Click below to if you are ready to make a pledge to stand with First Nations in opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project.
Let’s show that whatever it takes, people of all backgrounds will Hold The Wall along with our First Nations allies. Whatever it takes, we will stop this project from ever being built, together“. http://www.holdthewall.ca/#petition-form http://www.holdthewall.ca [Bold added by us for emphasis. Although it doesn't say so here we are certain it would be helpful to add your name from wherever you live in the world. It will surely help for the Canadian government to know that the eyes of the world are upon it.]
Some Additional Related Information:
Greenpeace petition here: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/Energy/tarsands/Get-involved/stop-the-pipeline/
Wikipedia on Enbridge Northern Gateway:
“The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project is a proposal to construct twin pipeline 1,177 km in length, running from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, British Columbia. The eastbound pipeline would import hydrocarbon natural gas condensate and the westbound pipeline would export bitumen from the Athabasca oil sands diluted with the condensate to the new marine terminal in Kitimat where it would be transported to Asian markets by oil tankers. The project would also include terminal facilities with “integrated marine infrastructure at tidewater to accommodate loading and unloading of oil and condensate tankers, and marine transportation of oil and condensate.” The project was proposed in mid-2000s and has been postponed several times. The project would be developed by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian crude oil and liquids pipeline company.
Opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is virtually unanimous among First Nations. Several coalitions and alliances have produced formal declarations unequivocally rejecting the intrusion of an oil pipeline on aboriginal lands. These include Yinka Dene Alliance, Coastal First Nations Save the Fraser. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation has adamantly opposed the pipeline, as well as many Dene First Nations including the Saik’uz First Nation. West Coast Environmental Law has compiled a list of over 130 First Nations opposed to the Northern Gateway Pipeline.(2011-12-31).” This, references and much more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enbridge_Northern_Gateway_Pipelines