A B.C.-based First Nations community has added its name to the list of opponents of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
Following a ceremony Saturday, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, an indigenous law ban on tar sands pipelines through First Nations traditional territories.
North Shore First Nations band to oppose pipelines
North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh First Nation is planning to become the 131st nation to sign a declaration that would ban Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project and other proposed pipelines from crossing their land in order to protect the vast Fraser River watershed.
The Fraser Declaration is set to be signed tonight by the Tsleil-Waututh after a ceremony honouring members visiting from five first nations with territories between Prince George and the Coast Range that have campaigned across the country in opposition to the project. Meanwhile, Enbridge announced last month almost 60 per cent of the 45 aboriginal communities along its proposed pipeline route have accepted an equity position in the $5.5-billion project.
Another B.C. First Nation signs declaration against oil-sands pipelines
VANCOUVER – Another First Nation in British Columbia has taken a stand against the construction and upgrading of pipelines that will carry petroleum products from Alberta’s oil sands to the Pacific coast.
During a weekend ceremony, North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh (sail-wah-tooth) Nation added its name to the Save the Fraser Declaration.
Signatories to the document vow they will not allow pipelines carrying oil-sands products to cross their lands, territories or watersheds or the migration routes of Fraser River salmon.