More native groups join opposition to pipelines
Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaims "Save the Fraser Declaration Day" in Vancouver Thursday surrounded by First Nations chiefs and leaders from across B.C. who are opposed to oilsands pipeline expansions. (SCREEN GRAB)
Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaimed “Save the Fraser Declaration Day” in Vancouver on Thursday as three more First Nation groups added their signatures to the document that opposes any oilsands pipelines on their land.
The Tahltan Central Council and Tahltan Band Council from northwestern B.C. and the BC Metis Federation joined a list of more than 130 groups that have already endorsed the declaration.
“We want to ensure we stand collectively as nations to protect our food sources, our water, our fish, our moose, all of the things that have sustained our people for generations,” said Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee at a special signing ceremony.
“A great majority of this city is opposed (to oilsands pipelines) and will stand strong to make sure these projects do not impact us, do not undermine our environment, our economy and our future,” said Mayor Robertson, noting climate change from fossil fuels is also a major concern.
“These projects are clearly part of a future that is frightening and unsustainable.”
Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo also attended the ceremony to lend his support, even though some AFN groups in Alberta support pipelines on their land.
“First Nations have the right to give expression to their jurisdiction,” he said. “The vast majority of First Nations that are impacted directly on the (pipeline) route are giving expression to their opposition. That’s my responsibility, to stand with them, and I will do so firmly.”