Alas, we know the coast is safe from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project. On March 25th, we will gather to celebrate our strength. We will commemorate this win and we will continue to defend Haida Gwaii from oil and gas supertankers.
Co-hosted by Haida Gwaii CoASt and the Council of the Haida Nation, this event will be a fun-filled celebration acknowledging the strength of our communities.
We are very pleased to see the government turn down the Northern Gateway Pipeline. It comes at a cost: Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion and Line 3. There is still more work to be done.
Please see the new Press Release from the Council of the Haida Nation on Trudeau’s announcement. According to CHN President Peter Lantin:
“There has to be a better government-to-government consultation process to deal with these projects before they get rolling,” said Lantin. “Avoiding this type of confrontation through frank dialogue will result in more common ground. Protecting the coast and the waters surrounding Haida Gwaii is paramount for our Nation. But within this framework there is room to develop practical solutions and resolve issues nation-to-nation and to do that we have to talk.”
You have one week to tell Transport Canada we want a legislated oil tanker ban protecting Haida Gwaii’s food and waters. Your comments are very important – the federal government needs to hear that we want a permanent ban on bulk crudeand refined oil.
The Government of Canada has created an online portal where you can post your input on the tanker ban they promised. You will have to register to make a comment. Contact Haida Gwaii CoASt if you have any problems submitting your feedback (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom.
Haida Gwaii CoASt is so pleased to be a co-sponsor of these screenings of FRACTURED LAND next month in Skidegate and Old Massett. Caleb Behn, the young Dene lawyer whose story is told in this film, will be here to speak to this documentary and answer your questions about Indigenous rights and fracking impacts in his territory.
Performing House at Kay Llnagaay | Thursday, April 21st | 7pm
Tluu Xaadaa Naay Longhouse | Friday, April 22nd | 7pm
ADMISSION IS FREE – EVERYONE WELCOME
Community Q&A with Caleb Behn following the movie
Sponsored by Council of the Haida Nation, Haida Gwaii CoASt, and Gwaii Trust Society
As you may already know, the Pacific NorthWest LNG project proposed by Petronas has been under environmental review since 2013. On February 10th of this year, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issued its draft report that states:
“The Agency concludes that the Pacific NorthWest LNG Project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, taking into account the implementation of the recommended mitigation measures, on harbour porpoise and as a result of greenhouse gas emissions … With respect to all other valued components, the Agency concludes that the Project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects taking into account the implementation of the key mitigation measures.”
Those of us who have fished this coast and enjoyed its wealth know that this project will cause immeasurable damage to our ocean and quality of life. Continue reading →
[Originally published on mondaq, February 23, 2016]
Recently the British Columbia Supreme Court (“Court”) released its reasons for judgment in Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment), 2016 BCSC 34. The BC Environmental Assessment Office (the “EAO”) had entered into an equivalency agreement (the “Agreement”) with the National Energy Board (“NEB”). The Agreement allowed for the EAO to rely on an environmental assessment from the NEB related to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project (the “Project”). The Court found that the Province of British Columbia had abdicated its statutory duties and breached its duty to consult with the Coastal First Nations when it signed and failed to terminate the Agreement that provided the NEB with sole jurisdiction over the environmental assessment decision-making regarding the Project. Continue reading →