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Gitxsan launch legal challenge over LNG project on Lelu

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Richard Wright holds up a federal judicial review application at a press conference in Vancouver, sitting among hereditary leaders.— image credit: Contributed: Mychaylo Prystupa

by  Shannon Lough, The Northern View, January 10, 2017

The federal government is facing another lawsuit filed by a northern First Nation dissatisfied with the consultation process during the environmental assessment of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.

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Gitxsan First Nation launches court challenge against LNG approval

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The Canadian Press January 10, 2017

Members of a B.C. First Nation are launching another legal challenge of a massive liquefied natural gas project proposed for the province’s north coast.

Several hereditary chiefs with the Gitxsan First Nation are in Vancouver today to announce their opposition to the Pacific Northwest LNG project, a project backed by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas.

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Protesters continue to occupy Gitwangak band office

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Gitwangak members occupying the band office, Dec 20, 2016.  Photo: CFNR FM.

Gitwangak band members continue to occupy parts of the band office.  They say they’re concerned that the Gitwangak Band Council is taking over the administration of education services.  Previously, education for the community was provided by the Gitwangak Education Society. Read the rest of this entry

Photo Essay: Trail Building in Maxhla Didaat

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Looking north from the cabin at Maxhla Didaat.

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Maxhla Didaat, a Gitxsan territory belonging to the House of Gwininitxw.  I was part of a crew working on building trails for trap lines in the territory, which is located about 100 km north of Kispiox, “BC.”  Read the rest of this entry

Anti-pipeline Gitxsan angry over province’s deal with unelected band chiefs

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Gitxsan protest against proposed LNG projects, including the Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline.

‘You’ve brought shame to Gitxsan’

By George Baker, Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 20, 2016

Members of the Gitxsan First Nation opposed to pipeline development are outraged that nine unelected hereditary chiefs are working on a deal with the province connected to a natural gas pipeline on B.C.’s North Coast. Read the rest of this entry

Northwest B.C. Aboriginal Nations Decry “Deeply Flawed” LNG Assessment Process

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Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

“Our disappointment is profound”

Market Wired, September 1, 2016

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – Sept. 1, 2016) – Northwest Aboriginal nations have emerged from two days of meetings with the federal government demanding that its “deeply flawed” environmental assessment of a massive LNG proposal be delayed, in light of unfair and incomplete consultation with affected First Nations.

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Indigenous artist ‘putting Gitxsan people on the map’ in China

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Gitxan artist and CBC journalist Angela Sterritt spent five days in China creating this mural. (Angela Sterritt)

‘Maybe my art will provide a small glimpse of seeing our people in a … more accurate light’: Angela Sterritt

CBC News, August 31, 2016

A Gitxsan artist from British Columbia is among several artists from around the world chosen to create murals at a mountain village resort in China.

“To be able to put Gitxsan people on the map and shed light on the reality and history of Indigenous people in Canada is something I am very grateful for,” Sterritt said.

Angela Sterritt, who is also an award-winning journalist, spent five days painting her mural on a 10-seven-foot wall in a resort on Mount Longhu in Jiangxi, a province in southeast China. Read the rest of this entry

BC Chiefs say approving Petronas gas project akin to declaring war

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Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. Photograph: SkeenaWatershed Coalition

by Mark Blackburn, APTN National News, April 19, 2016

OTTAWA — The fight over a mega gas pipeline project in British Columbia reached Ottawa Tuesday as chiefs and stakeholders opposed to the proposal shared a stage to get their message out.

“If they approve this project, I think (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) declared war on the people who are concerned about this system,” said Gerald Amos, chair of the Friends of Wild Salmon on behalf of the chiefs assembled. Read the rest of this entry

Gitxsan House Launches Court Challenge of Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoLuutkudziiwus to Launch Court Challenge to Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Pipeline that Would Supply Petronas LNG.
October 14, 2015
VANCOUVER – Luutkudziiwus, a Gitxsan Nation House Group, will file a legal challenge in regard to the BC regulatory permits awarded to the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline that would supply gas to the Petronas LNG plant on Lelu Island which threatens to decimate Skeena River wild salmon. Luutkudziiwus Hereditary Chiefs travelled down to Vancouver to make the announcement today,  while government and industry are gathered at the 2015 LNG Conference in BC. 

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Gitxsan Chiefs Support Lax Kw’alaams Chiefs on their Lelu Island Territory and Stopping the Proposed Petronas LNG Plant

Gitxsan Chiefs and House Leaders on Lax Eula. Sept.12, 2015.

Gitxsan Chiefs and House Leaders on Lax Eula. Sept.12, 2015.

by Luutkudziiwus, Intercontinental Cry, September 14, 2015

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs are in support of Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chiefs occupation of their traditional Lax Eula (Lelu Island) territory that is also proposed as the site of the Petronas (Pacific Northwest LNG) plant. Construction and operation of the proposed LNG plant on Lax Eula along with the marine terminal and landfall of the Prince Rupert Gas pipeline will destroy wild Skeena River salmon runs. Read the rest of this entry