News Articles Featured | Tiffany Crawford | Vancouver Sun | July 29, 2012
First nations opposed to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project are accusing B.C. Premier Christy Clark of selling out British Columbians and putting a price tag on the future of aboriginal people.
The Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of five first nations in the B.C. Interior, issued a statement Saturday, saying it rejects Clark’s “sales pitch.”
The B.C. government said last week it won’t support the $6-billion Enbridge project until five environmental and fiscal conditions are met, including B.C. getting a much larger share of economic benefits, such as resource royalties or other tax revenue.
Another condition was that legal requirements for aboriginal and treaty rights must be addressed and first nations be allowed to benefit from the project.
However, the aboriginal groups said the premier is bargaining with land that will never be for sale at any price.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for our premier to play a game of The Price is Right while putting our lands, our waters and our futures at risk to devastating oil spills,” said Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.