Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, rabble.ca, July 21, 2014
The struggle to defend Tsilhqot'in territory goes back to1864 when six chiefs were hanged for resisting a road being built to the gold fields in Barkerville. This Supreme Court decision is the first to acknowledge Aboriginal title on the ground. It will change the nature of treaty negotiations and affect the future of development projects all across B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
Federal and provincial governments disregard Indigenous Title and Rights. Today, we unequivocally reject the Harper Government’s decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway tanker and pipelines project and First Nations will immediately go to court to vigorously pursue all lawful means to stop the Enbridge project. We have governed our lands, in accordance to our Indigenous laws, since time immemorial. Our inherent Title and Rights and our legal authority over our respective territories have never been surrendered.
"We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross," said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
There will be no tar sands pipeline.
That is the message stressed by First Nations communities who say that even if Canada's Prime Minister Harper gives the federal OK to Enbridge's Northern Gateway project, First Nations law and their "responsibilities to future generations" will stop the project dead in its tracks.
Rising Tide - Coast Salish Territories, RT, June 9, 2014
"We need to go beyond petitions, letters, and rallies to stop the government and corporations from destroying Indigenous land and exploiting communities for profit. Direct action initiatives like the Unist'ot'en Camp are an effective way to stop devastating projects like Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline and Chevron-Apache's Pacific Trail fracking pipeline."
As First Nations activists shut down roads and bridges in protest last year, the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of National Defence was watching. Closely. All the while, behind the scenes, they were preparing to tell the media they were doing no such thing. The Canadian Forces spent virtually all of 2013 keeping eyes on the Aboriginal protesters, out of fear that they could pose a threat to military personnel or intercept weapons shipments, according to documents obtained under Access to Information laws.