|UBCIC fully supports Save the Fraser Declaration, First Nations Tanker Ban and Oil Pipeline Ban|
Open Letter. January 10, 2012
Premier Christy Clark
Government of British Columbia
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Via facsimile: 250-387-0087
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON KIA 0A2
Via facsimile: 613-941-6900
OPEN LETTER: The Union of BC Indian Chiefs fully supports the Save the Fraser Declaration, the Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban and the Indigenous laws banning Crude Oil Pipeline and Tanker Shipments through BC
Dear Premier Clark and Prime Minister Harper
We are writing with respect to Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resolution 2011-54, “Support for the Save the Fraser Declaration, the Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban and the Indigenous laws Banning Crude Oil Pipeline and Tanker Shipments through BC.” which was presented, affirmed and endorsed by consensus at the UBCIC Chiefs Council on November 23rd, 2011.
The UBCIC Chiefs Council endorses the Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban and Save the Fraser Declaration that prohibit the transportation of crude oil by pipeline and tanker on the north and south coast and through the Fraser River watershed. As Indigenous Peoples, we continue to exercise our laws and jurisdiction to protect our lands, our waters, our coasts and our rivers, as we have done for thousands of years and both the Save the Fraser Declaration and the Coast First Nations Tanker Ban are grounded in our laws. Further, we draw your attention to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states:
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the Indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
We urge your governments to reject the proposed Enbridge pipeline and Kinder-Morgan pipeline and to respect the laws and authority of BC First Nations and ultimately to protect the environment, fisheries and health and safety of all BC communities.
On behalf of the UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Chief Robert Chamberlin
Chief Marilyn Baptiste
UBCIC Resolution 2011-54
Save the Fraser Declaration
PDF copy: http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/files/PDF/SavetheFraserTankerBan_2011_54.pdf