(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.Read more
(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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
August 19, 2016
Dear Chiefs Council, sister organizations and friends:
Please find the attached briefing note with key points as presented by UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip to the Kinder Morgan TMX Project Ministerial Panel on August 18, 2016.
The Briefing Note is pasted below for your convenience; the attached PDF file contains the appendices.Read more
OPEN LETTER: UBCIC Comments on Proposed Amendments to NEB Regulations for Pipeline Damage Prevention
We are writing with respect to your correspondence from March 18, 2016 regarding “Information about the Proposed Amendments to National Energy Board Regulations for Pipeline Damage Prevention, Now Available for a 30-Day Comment Period”. On behalf of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) we are submitting this letter to clarify some potential concerns for First Nations in terms of regulations developed under the Pipeline Safety Act (“the Act”). In providing these comments, we are not in any way providing our approval of the Pipeline Safety Act or its regulations.Read more