Joint news release: First Nations going to court united against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project

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.

Our inherent rights are human rights constitutionally enshrined, judicially recognized and embodied in international legal instruments including the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This project, and the federal process to approve it, violated our rights and our laws. We are uniting to defend our lands and waters of our respective territories. Our rights and laws compel us to act.

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tanker and pipeline project exposes all communities from Alberta to the Pacific Coast to the undeniable risk of pipeline and supertanker oil spills. First Nations and the majority of British Columbians believe this project poses an unacceptable risk to the environment, the health, the safety and livelihoods of all peoples throughout this province.

We will defend our territories whatever the costs may be.


Council of the Haida Nation
Gitanmaax Band Council
Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs
Gitxsan (Delgamuukw)
Kitasoo Xai’xais
Lax kw’alaams
Nadleh Whut’en
Neskonlith Indian Band
Office of the Wet’suwet’en
Saikuz First Nation
Takla Lake
Tsetsaut / Skii km Lax Ha
Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Wet’suwet’en First Nation
Williams Lake Indian Band

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Coastal First Nations
St’at’imc Chiefs Council
Tahltan Central Council
Yinka Dene Alliance

BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Media inquiries, please contact:
Simon Davies, Council of the Haida Nation, 250-559-4468
Chief Arnold Clifton, Gitgaat, 778-884-1215
Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, Haisla, 250-639-9361
Art Sterritt, Coastal First Nations, 604-868-9110
Douglas Neasloss, Kitasoo/Xaixais, 250-839-1255 ext 209
Chief Garry Reece, Lax kw’alaams, 250-625-3293
Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Tribal Council, 250-957-2381
Nek’t (George Muldoe), Wilp of Delgamuukw, 250-842-6627
Chief Judy Wilson, Neskonlith Indian Band, 250-320-7738
Tribal Chair Terry Teegee, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 250-640-3256
Grand Chief Edward John, First Nations Summit, 778-772-8218)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, 250-490-5314
Sarah Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, 604.358.3371
Courtney Daws, BC Assembly of First Nations, 604-922-7733

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