Lelu Island hereditary chiefs respond to Prince Rupert Port Authority
The hereditary chiefs of Lelu Island have responded to a Prince Rupert Port Authority demand they halt construction.
Simoyget Yahaan Donnie Wesley Gwishawaal Ken Lawson responded with an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
They also included Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and MP Nathan Cullen.
The letter asks Prime Minister Trudeau if he supports the port’s action, telling him that Lelu Island is unceded territory, despite the port authority claiming jurisdiction over it.
It also asks the Prime Minister if this is an example of his calls for a “renewed nation to nation relationship with Indigenous peoples.”
They also dismiss several port authority points; saying the Lax Kw’alaams Band had provided $100,000 towards camp construction, the recent flip-flop letter sent by the Lax Kw’alaams Band to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency supporting the PNW LNG project, and continued community support against the project.
The letter concludes with a demand the port authority withdraw their letter, and that there are already plans for further development on Lelu Island for cultural spaces.
Here is a copy of the letter: Lelu Island letter to Prime Minister Trudeau.