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Coastal First Nations Call Out ‘Eagle Spirit’ Pipeline

Art Sterritt, head of the Coastal First Nations lobby group.

Art Sterritt, head of the Coastal First Nations lobby group.

Energy project seen as Northern Gateway alternative rejected by two vital aboriginal alliances.

By Sarah Berman,, Feb 13, 2015

After a Wednesday press conference in Calgary announced new partners in a First Nations-led pipeline project, two major alliances of First Nations have publicly rejected the proposal.

The Eagle Spirit Energy project, which positions itself as a less risky alternative to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, first set out to secure “social license” for a high-volume energy corridor through northern B.C. in September 2012. With financial backing from the Aquilini Group, president and chairperson Calvin Helin said his company consulted with First Nations and is in the process of designing a proposal that meets those terms. Read the rest of this entry

Harper government may delay Northern Gateway: Grand Chief

Rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway in Vancouver, BC, June 8, 2014.

Rally against Enbridge Northern Gateway in Vancouver, BC, June 8, 2014.

The President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs said the government’s big announcement on Northern Gateway could take place as early as tomorrow.

Speaking in front of a large crowd gathered for the Convergence 2014: Protecting Our Sacred Waters rally on Sunday afternoon, Grand Chief Stewart Philip said the federal government may delay its decision on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. “We’ve heard through the grapevine that the Harper government is going to announce a delay,” said the Chief Phillip said to the hundreds of people gathered to protest the bitumen pipeline proposal.  “This is the rumour — that it’s going to be a delay to allow for more consultation with First Nations communities. We know that if we take this matter to the court today, the Harper government will lose.”

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B.C. First Nation along pipeline route officially rejects Northern Gateway plan

Yinka Dene protest against proposed Enbridge pipeline.

Yinka Dene protest against proposed Enbridge pipeline.

Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, April 11, 2014

FORT ST. JAMES, B.C. — A group of First Nations with territory covering a quarter of the route for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline met with federal representatives Friday to officially reject the project.

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First Nation group furious at Province’s move to cut trees down for Enbridge pipeline path

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, July 30th, 2013Yinka Dene no pipelines banner april 2011

Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, a spokesperson for the Yinka Dene Alliance, vowed today to fight the BC government’s moves toward granting Enbridge temporary land use permits to cut trees to gather data for the Northern Gateway pipeline, even before the pipeline has been approved. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations Warn Enbridge Against Trespassing

Alliance of Band Councils Opposed to Enbridge Northern Gateway Call on BC Government to Withhold Drilling Permits for Unapproved Pipeline, June 27, 2013

Members of Yinka Dene Alliance during anti-Enbridge rally.

Members of Yinka Dene Alliance during anti-Enbridge rally.

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – June 27, 2013 – The Yinka Dene Alliance has sent a cease and desist letter and is warning Enbridge against trespassing in their traditional territories as the company seeks temporary permits for drilling and tree removal for its unapproved Northern Gateway pipeline, a project that is opposed by the BC government and more than 60% of British Columbians. Read the rest of this entry

Yinka Dene Alliance launch ‘Freedom Train’ Against Enbridge Pipelines & Tankers

Historic “Freedom Train” Sets Out to Defend First Nations Self-Government Rights and Freedom From Oil Spills

Market Watch, April 24, 2012

NADLEH WHUT’EN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Apr 24, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The Yinka Dene Alliance, a leading group of British Columbia First Nations that has used its laws to ban the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers in their territories, announced today that it will embark on a “Freedom Train” journey on April 30 aimed at protecting their rights and their freedom from the threat of devastating oil spills. Read the rest of this entry

Pipeline focus of protest in Fort St. James

Mark NIELSEN, Prince George Citizen, February 3, 2012

Hundreds of members of the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) protested the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline hearings in Fort St. James Thursday, carrying signs and placards expressing opposition to the proposal as they marched along the community’s main streets.

Yinka Dene protest against Enbridge hearings in Fort St James, Feb 2012

The protest coincided with the arrival of the federal joint panel review in the community of 1,339 people 152 kilometres northwest of Prince George for a public hearing. The YDA represents six first nations and sayd the pipeline will cross a quarter of their territories. Read the rest of this entry