Northern BC First Nation leaders met in Prince George on 20 August to discuss their concerns regarding the major project development undertaken by the federal and provincial governments, and industry. Among the discussed topics were the Site C Dam project and the sitting of the Pacific Northwest LNG plant on the Skeena Estuary, Canada. A joint statement will be issued in early September at a press conference in Vancouver, Canada.
“The approach taken by the province to the Site C project has ignored our rights and title, and recent and past court decisions. Continuing down this path will only foster conflict, resentment and delay truly sustainable economic development," said Chief Roland Willson, of West Moberly First Nations.
Chief Na Moks, representing the Wet'suwet'en Nation, added: "The decision to site a massive LNG plant atop the most critical salmon habitat on the Skeena illustrates just how broken governments approach to major project development is. If you were to pick the worst place on the entire coast to site an LNG plant, it would be Lelu Island and Flora Bank. This project will impact the interests and rights of all First Nations on the Skeena."
Verne Jackson, representing Kaien Island elders, added: "We simply cannot allow Petronas to ignore the importance of the Flora Bank/Lelu Island area to our communities. As parents, grandparents and elders we are compelled to voice our concerns and take action."
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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