News Release. December 6, 2013
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – December 6, 2013) Yesterday, Douglas Eyford, Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure released his final report, "Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development" containing 29 recommendations outlining four themes - trust, inclusion, reconciliation and action.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union B.C. Indian Chiefs stated “It is clear that Mr. Eyford listened to our communities as many, if not all, of his recommendations reflect the public positions and statements of many First Nations standing against Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of their Trans Mountain pipeline. Unfortunately, many of his recommendations will be ignored. The Harper Government has time and time again demonstrated their jobs agenda trumps, ignores and arrogantly dismissed our constitutionally-enshrined, judicially-recognized inherent Title, Rights and Treaty Rights. The Harper government has consistently demonstrated a complete contempt for environmental values and concerns.”
Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said "To make way for these mega-projects, the Harper Government ripped apart federal legislation, greatly weakened federal policies and hacked the budgets of federal agencies responsible for the protection of lands, water and air. There are cumulative impacts of these large resource extraction mega-projects that will impact water, salmon, berries, trees - the environment we all share. The UBCIC expressly communicates opposition to any resource development in First Nations territories that does not meaningfully engage, consult and/or accommodate the affected First Nations’ stewardship responsibilities, inherent Title, Rights or Treaty Rights. The Federal Government must realize 'No' as a consultative process outcome must be respected as much as 'Yes.'"
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (604) 684-0231
Chief Bob Chamberlin (604) 684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.