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‘Our blood is still on the land’: Tsimshian raise totem pole declaring victory over B.C. LNG project

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Members of Lax Kw’alaams, Metlakatla and the Tsimshian First Nations, among others, were present for the raising of a new totem pole on Lelu Island. (Vicki Manuel)

Pole is on island where construction of an LNG export terminal was cancelled in July

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, October 23, 2017

Members of the Tsimshian First Nation have raised a new totem pole on Lelu Island in northwest B.C. to assert their stewardship over the land and celebrate the cancelation of a controversial liquefied natural gas project. Read the rest of this entry

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Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls

Lelu Island totem pole 1More than 100 people came to the pole raising on Lelu Island after the end of Pacific NorthWest LNG

by Shannon Lough, The Northern View, October 21, 2017

In a stand of defiance against federal authorities, members of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and supporters raised a totem pole on Lelu Island on Oct. 20 to signify their claim to the land.

The occupation of Lelu Island began in 2015 on the site where Petronas proposed to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and it has continued even after the company abandoned its Pacific NorthWest LNG project in July. People who either took part or supported the resistance movement came to witness the totem pole being raised on a mound overlooking where the sea meets the Skeena River. Read the rest of this entry

Luutkudziiwus First Nation on Petronas Cancelling PNW LNG project

Gitxsan Madii Lii logoMadii Lii, August 14, 2017

Mohd Anuar bin Taib, Executive Vice President and CEO of Upstream at Petronas announced cancellation of the Pacific NorthWest LNG (PNW) project on July 25th.

In light of that decision, Richard Wright, who serves as the spokesperson for the Luutkudziiwus, says “the federal government breached its constitutional obligations to consult and our court challenge to quash the approval order still stands.” Read the rest of this entry

Petronas cancels $11.4-billion LNG project near Prince Rupert

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The site of the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG plant, Lelu Island, near Port Edward, Photograph by: http://www.lonniewishart.com , Vancouver Sun

by Scott Brown and Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver sun, July 25, 2017

Malaysian state-controlled energy giant Petronas has pulled the plug on the proposed $11.4-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Prince Rupert.

Petronas planned to build a LNG processing plant on Lelu Island that would have shipped 19 million tonnes a year of liquefied gas to markets in Asia, while pumping more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. government signs LNG benefit agreements with northwestern Kitselas First Nation

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Kitselas First Nation Chief Joe Bevan (right) speaks at the announcement of a benefits agreement with the province backing LNG development in exchange for up to $13 million in funding and a 1,277 land grant. Pacific NorthWest LNG chief operating officer Wan Badrul Hisham is in the background. The event was Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Derrick Penner / Postmedia News

by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, March 30, 2017

The Kitselas First Nation on British Columbia’s north coast, on Thursday, signed benefit agreements with the province worth up to $13 million and a 1,227-hectares land grant in exchange for backing liquefied-natural-gas export projects in the region. Read the rest of this entry

TransCanada seeks to start building B.C. gas pipeline without LNG project’s OK

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TransCanada’s headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

Global News, March 20, 2017

TransCanada Corp. is seeking regulatory approval to begin construction of a pipeline that would help feed a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on B.C.’s north coast even though a final decision has not yet been made whether to build the terminal. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. government signs LNG benefits agreement with First Nations

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Chief Councillor Harold Leighton (front row, left to right), Minister Rich Coleman and Mayor John Helin, and back row, left to right, Minister John Rustad, Premier Christy Clark, and Pacific NorthWest LNG chief project officer Wan Badrul are shown during the signing of documents on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, Feb 15, 2017

The B.C. Liberal government signed benefits agreements Wednesday worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the Lax Kw’aalams and Metlakatla First Nations in exchange for their support of LNG projects in their traditional territories of the province’s north coast. Read the rest of this entry

Twenty years after historic Delgamuukw land claims case, pipeline divides Gitxsan Nation

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Gitanmaax is a reserve in northern B.C. where Gitxsan members discovered confidential documents revealing that some hereditary chiefs had given their consent for the PRGT pipeline in exchange for money. Trevor Jang

Revelations that Delgamuukw is among chiefs who accepted money to support LNG development without consulting all members threaten to undermine landmark court victory

Earl Muldon sits at his kitchen table surrounded by family, sipping coffee. His wife Shirley brings over a plate of cream cake topped with huckleberries. They’re hand-picked from the land surrounding his two-storey home in Gitanmaax, a village of about 800 people from the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, near the town of New Hazelton. Read the rest of this entry

BC Premier Christy Clark visits remote First Nation divided over Pacific NorthWest LNG project

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BC Premier Christy Clark speaking at an LNG conference.

by Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail,  Jan. 18, 2017

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has travelled to Lax Kw’alaams for the first time, visiting the remote aboriginal community that is deeply divided over a controversial liquefied natural gas project.

Pacific NorthWest LNG is expected to make its final investment decision this summer about whether to build an $11.4-billion export terminal on Lelu Island in the Port of Prince Rupert – after this May’s B.C. election. Read the rest of this entry

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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