Thursday, December 16, 2010

“Our lands and waters are not for sale, not at any price,” said Chief Larry Nooski of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, speaking as a member of the Yinka Dene Alliance, regarding Enbridge Northern Gateway's Wrongs-not-Rights

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The title quote by Chief Larry Nooski and what is block-quoted just below comes from *here*, at the Toronto Sun.
A group of First Nations has turned down an offer by Enbridge to own a share of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline.

The Yinka Dene Alliance recently notified Enbridge chief executive Pat Daniel and the company’s board of directors of its decision.

“Our lands and waters are not for sale, not at any price,” said Chief Larry Nooski of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, speaking as a member of the Yinka Dene.

The Calgary-based company has been in talks with dozens of stakeholders along the pipeline corridor, offering affected First Nations and Metis up to 10% equity stake in the project.

If built, the controversial multi-billion dollar pipeline will connect Alberta's oilsands with an oil export terminal in Kitimat, B.C., on the Pacific coast. From there, oil would eventually be exported to Asia, reducing this country’s reliance on the U.S. as an export market.

But the five First Nations making up the Yinka Dene say the pipeline is not allowed through their territories, according to their ancestral laws. The project risks oil spills, which would hurt the environment an future generations, they say.

Enbridge had been under intense scrutiny this summer after two pipeline leaks in the U.S.
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Yinka Dene Alliance

Dec 16, 2010 12:27 ET

NADLEH WHUT'EN, DAKELH TERRITORIES, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - The Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of five First Nations with territories along and near the proposed route of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline, have rejected Enbridge's offer of an equity stake in the project, and have instead served a legal Declaration on Enbridge's headquarters in Calgary stating that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines are not allowed through their territories, according to ancestral laws.

The Declaration was agreed to on December 2 by representatives of 61 First Nations, and because the document has legal status, it was delivered by a process server directly to Enbridge's CEO Pat Daniel and Enbridge's board of directors. The Declaration was previously left at the locked door of Enbridge's Vancouver offices when employees refused to let two representatives of the First Nations enter.
A copy of the declaration is available at

"Our lands and waters are not for sale, not at any price," said Chief Larry Nooski of Nadleh Whut'en First Nation, speaking as a member of the Yinka Dene Alliance that includes Nadleh Whut'en, Nak'azdli, Takla Lake, Saik'uz and Wet'suwet'en First Nations. "We want no part of Enbridge's project and their offers are worthless to us when compared to the importance of keeping our lands, rivers and the coast free of crude oil spills. What Enbridge is offering is the destruction of our lands to build their project, and the risk of oil spills for decades to come which could hurt everyone's kids and grandkids."

The proposed pipeline will cut through unceded lands and rivers and place communities, fish and wildlife at risk from oil spills.

"Enbridge talks about having the so-called "support of First Nations," but I don't know of a single First Nation that supports them. There are over 80 nations that have come out against their pipelines and tankers," said Chief Jackie Thomas of Saik'uz First Nation. "In the last month, the number of First Nations publicly opposed to this pipeline has tripled. The money they are offering can be put to better use by restoring the land they have already harmed in Alberta, Michigan and elsewhere."

Chief Art Adolph of Xaxli'p, a community of the St'át'imc Nation whose territories cover the middle and southern parts of the Fraser watershed, added: "Enbridge has pointed to 30 'protocol agreements' signed with Indigenous Nations and claims support for their pipelines. In fact, Enbridge's public documents show that these agreements do not indicate support but simply "establish the ground rules and points of contact for discussion on all aspects of the Northern Gateway project that might affect or involve First Nations and Métis communities."

There is no First Nation that has publicly supported this project.

For more information, please contact
Nadleh Whut'en First Nation
Chief Larry Nooski
Saik'uz First Nation
Chief Jackie Thomas
Xaxli'p - St'at'imc Nation
Chief Art Adolph

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