Gitxaala Nation has been rebuffed on oil pipeline project
Imagine if an oil pipeline was built through your backyard, across your local park or at your church, or alongside your desk at work without consultation and without your consent.
It sounds far-fetched, but it is the potential reality facing a number of communities across British Columbia, including one of the longest continually inhabited territories in North America, the Gitxaala Nation.
We, the Gitxaala Nation, are vehemently opposed to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project because of the disastrous effects the shipment of heavy oil through our territory would have on our traditional way of life, economy, spirituality, and governance system.
As Gitxaala, known as People of the Saltwater, we rely on our territorial waters for 80 per cent of our food. There are serious concerns the Enbridge project will jeopardize our traditional harvesting territory.
What’s especially concerning is that our people have not been properly consulted about the impacts of the Northern Gateway Project, despite openly participating and co-operating with the federal joint review panel process. We went out of our way to participate in Canada’s regulatory system, yet our rights have been completely ignored.