First Nation uses yarn to fight tankers

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

A northern B.C. First Nation is deploying 3.5 kilometres of yarn Friday across the Douglas Channel — right in the path of oil tankers should the Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline be built.

The symbolic marine blockade, crocheted by Gitgaat First Nation women, will be buoyed by corks bearing anti-oil sands messages. On the heels of a Port Moody sit-in and Vancouver rally, the “chain of hope” is the latest protest against Northern Gateway since its federal approval Tuesday.

“They're going to put it across to block the channel,” said Gitgaat Chief Arnold Clifton. “It's been unreal how they came together, people from all over just all went for it.”

He said the chain is symbolic, but that his people are prepared to block oil tankers with boats.

On Tuesday, federal natural resources minister Greg Rickford insisted Enbridge still meet the National Energy Board's 209 conditions, including aboriginal consultation. B.C. has placed its own five on the project, including a bigger revenue share. Enbridge vowed to meet the conditions in 12 to 15 months.


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