UBCIC Congratulates the Huu-ay-aht First Nation on Resolution of 68-Year-Old Logging Rights Case

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – December 16, 2016) Sixty-eight years after the Huu-ay-aht First Nation first challenged Canada’s unlawful issuance of a long-term logging licence on the community’s reserve lands, the Specific Claims Tribunal has awarded the Nation compensation of $13.88 million. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs congratulates Huu-ay-aht First Nation on the successful resolution of this claim and strongly condemns Canada’s conduct in the proceedings.

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Prime Minister: You failed to do your job by approving pipelines

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Dear Prime Minister, 

You completely failed to do your job when you arrogantly announced that you were acting in the national interest by approving the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines. Your main job as leader of Canada is to protect Canadians’ health and safety.

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Auditor General’s Report Exposes Systemic Government Mismanagement of Specific Claims

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – December 1, 2016) This week the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) tabled its much anticipated report on its audit of the specific claims process. 

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Of Climate Change and Relationships: Federal Approval of Kinder Morgan and Line 3 a Total Betrayal

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 29, 2016) Today, Canada approved the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, while dismissing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and committing to advance a tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia.

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Consent

(Coast Salish Territory / Vancouver, B.C. – November 6, 2016) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs completely rejects and repudiates the federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr's recent asinine statement that Canada only needs to consult and accommodate the concerns, interests and rights of First Nations regarding the approval of proposed resource development projects such as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion project or Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines project.

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Slick Panel Report Deepens Conflict On Kinder Morgan TMX

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 03, 2016) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) remains steadfast in their outright opposition to the Kinder Morgan (KM) Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Pipeline, despite today’s sunny report by the Ministerial Panel. 

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OPEN LETTER: UBCIC Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline and Condemnation of Brutal State-Sanctioned Violence

November 3, 2016 

Dear Chairman Archambault and citizens of the Standing Rock Reservation:

We are writing with respect to UBCIC Resolution 2016-35 “Support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline” which was presented, affirmed and endorsed unanimously at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ (UBCIC) 48th Annual General Assembly on September 22, 2016.

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85 First Nations and Tribes Condemn Enbridge’s Role In The Violations At Standing Rock And Call On Trudeau To Speak Out

October 31, 2016, Turtle Island—An International Treaty Alliance of 85 First Nations and Tribes is calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make a statement condemning the role that Canadian company Enbridge Inc. (headquartered in Calgary, Alberta) has played in the severe violations of the rights of the Indigenous People and their allies at Standing Rock. The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sand Expansion, which prohibits the passage of proposed Tar Sands pipelines, trains and tankers, was formally launched on September 22, 2016 with the majority of signatories located in Canada, and including U.S. Tribes such as the Standing Rock Sioux.

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