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

lelu island hereditary chiefs

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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First Nation Vote on Massive Gas Terminal Called Out by Band Members

Lax Kwalaams village

Lax Kw’alaams photo by Ash Kelly, Vice.com

By Sarah Berman, Vice.com, August 27, 2016

It’s official, Lax Kw’alaams First Nation voted 65 percent in favour of “successful outcomes.” At least that’s how negotiations for a massive liquefied natural gas terminal were characterized in a recent poll conducted by the band’s council. Read the rest of this entry

Video: A LAST STAND FOR LELU – PART 1: They Will Come

B.C. First Nations appeal to United Nations to help stop LNG plant

A Pacific salmon hub is under threat

Lelu Island Wetsuweten boat

Wet’suwet’en leaders showing their solidarity with the Tsimshian at Lelu Island. Photo: Skeena Media.

by Carl Safina, National Georgraphic Ocean views, April 26, 2016

The Skeena River snakes out of fir-lined fjords on the misty northern coast of British Columbia, and washes over a thousand-acre sandbar. Flora Bank is a biological bottleneck over which millions of finger-length young salmon enter the sea each spring. Scientist Allen Gottesfeld calls Flora Bank the “Grand Central Station” for the watershed. All streams in the Skeena system lead here. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Update from Lax U’u’la Defenders

Lelu Island video grab

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BC Chiefs say approving Petronas gas project akin to declaring war

lelu island hereditary chiefs

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

Lelu Island hereditary chiefs respond to Prince Rupert Port Authority

lelu island hereditary chiefs

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

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. Read the rest of this entry

Port Authority orders construction on Lelu Island protest camp to stop

Lelu Island cabin tipi

Cabin and tipi constructed on Lelu Island. Photo: Jeff Nicholls, Tsimshian.

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, April 11, 2016

Protesters encamped on Lelu Island were asked to stop construction activities by the Port of Prince Rupert.

The site is where Pacific NorthWest has proposed a liquefied natural gas export terminal, which is still under review by the federal government. The protesters have occupied an area within the port’s administrative jurisdiction since the fall of 2015.

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Update on Lelu Island, January 28, 2016

Lelu Island boats protest

by Stop Pacific NorthWest LNG/Petronas on Lelu Island, Jan 28, 2016

On Thursday January 28 two of our boats went out to a hot spot for catching crabs near the Flora Bank. Unfortunately one of the drilling barges was right on top of the spot. Upon approaching the area, the Pacific Northwest LNG contractor boat “Glacial Mist”, owned by Brian Catherall, started in our direction to catch up with us. As we got close to the crabbing spot the “Glacial Mist” turned into our boat, ramming us at a high speed. The ridges on their hull got stuck on our bow. The skill of our vessel operator prevented our boat from capsizing. Read the rest of this entry