Join us in letting Justin Trudeau know Haida Gwaii says yes to a tanker ban

TheSurfers for the waters Protect our Waters Surfers out to Protect our Waters waters and wilderness of the North West are in the forefront of 2016 as we ask for prompt action to formalize the tanker ban for our coast.

What great news we had on Friday November 13th 2015 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic through our North Coast!

On the chilly morning of November 14th many Haida Gwaiians out and about at the mouth of the Hiellen River joined us at CoAST in affirming our desire to protect our waters. Thank you to all !

We have been signing post cards to thank our Prime Minister for the move – please get in touch with us to sign yours. The postcards are available at Green Gaia’s in Masset, Queen B’s and Isobel Creek in Charlotte.

As the CBC reports, it is still unclear how the moratorium will impact the Northern Gateway Pipeline, and more so, (LNG) tanker traffic. We invite you to stay tuned with us at Haida Gwaii CoASt, and are grateful for your continued support.

Haaw’a to all!


BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: Looking to have the federal decision on the Enbridge pipeline ruled ‘invalid’

First Nations on the coast including the Haida are taking Canada to court to have the JRP review of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline declared invalid.  Stay tuned for the hearing:

Federal Court of Appeal
October 1 – 2 and 5 – 8, 2015
Vancouver, BC
Open to the public.

From the Council of the Haida Nation:

The next milestone in the ongoing effort to defend northern BC from oil pipelines and supertankers is just around the corner. Please see attached PDF: CHN Legal Challenge Overview 2015.8.12

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Ride the Tide 2015 Gets the No Tanker Message Out

On Friday July 3rd, Haida Gwaii came together on Masset inlet to show their support for a Tanker-Free ocean, and rode the tide from Gaauu (Old Massett) to Masset harbour.  Part of Pull Together’s “Week to End Enbridge,” the ‘Ride the Tide’ event shaped up in true Haida Gwaii style with Christian and Candace’s Haida Canoe alongside paddle boarders and kayakers from across the islands.  There was a crush of people, naaniis (grandmothers), youth and spectators all along the shore following the action and cheering on the paddlers.

A huge thank you/haw’aa to Christian White and Candace Weir for bringing the canoe out.  As well to Guy Kimola for documenting the event so well, and Jim Hart and his crew for coming out to show their support.  Haw’aa to Harmony and Old Massett Youth Centre for providing rides.  A big haw’aa/thank you to all who came out to paddle and take show that Haida Gwaii stands unified in protection of our waters!


RIDE THE TIDE – NO TANKERS **July 3 at 2:30 pm**

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This Friday, July 3
at 2:30 pm

Come Ride The Tide with us leaving from the beach access at the end of Old Massett.  Ride in to the Harbour dock and help us get out the No Tankers message.

Van transportation back to your cars provided by the Old Massett Youth Program.

The event is part of the WEEK TO END ENBRIDGE.  We’re getting together to celebrate our waters, our community, and to reaffirm that we say NO TANKERS!

Bring your own non-motorized vessel, and a PFD. Everyone is welcome to participate, or come out with your NO TANKERS t-shirts and signs to show your support.

Download the poster here: Ride the Tide Poster


No Uncertain Terms: A CHN Letter to Enbridge

Old Massett JRP HearingsPlease read the latest letter from the CHN presenting the affirmation by Haida Hereditary Chiefs, Band Councils and citizens stating the continuing role of the Council of the Haida Nation in representing all Haidas, and their continuing opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

Read the letter here:  Enbridge Letter 2015-06-28-FB


haidanationflagPlease read this open letter from the Council to the Haida Nation regarding the efforts companies like Enbridge are making to buy people off from First Nations communities in order to push their pipeline through.


Coastal First Nations Say Eagle Spirit Pipeline Announcement Is Misleading; Pipeline Has No Support on BC Coast

First Nations opposition to heavy oil exports on the BC coast is unanimous, including in Eagle Spirit President’s home community of Lax Kw’alaams.

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 12, 2015) – The Coastal First Nations say a recent announcement by Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. is misleading because it ignores unanimous opposition among First Nations communities on the BC coast.

“There isn’t a single First Nation on the coast of BC that supports oil exports,” said Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations. “There also isn’t anything new in this announcement. Eagle Spirit is bringing forward the same interior First Nations that supported the Enbridge pipeline, and glossing over the fact that opposition among First Nations who oppose heavy oil pipelines is stronger than ever.”

Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd. President, Calvin Helin, is from Lax Kw’alaams, a First Nation community located North of Prince Rupert whose territory includes the proposed location of the company’s export terminal at Grassy Point. First Nations leader and Mayor of Lax Kw’alaams, Gary Reece, has made it clear in conversations that his community does not support oil exports through its traditional territories.

Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary leadership is also opposed to the proposed pipeline.

“In meetings with Eagle Spirit and publicly, we’ve stated time and again that we don’t want oil to come through our territory,” said Murray Smith, elder and Tribal Speaker of the Hereditary Chiefs of Lax Kw’alaams. “Nothing will change our minds because the chance of losing our ocean resources is very high. We’ve got clam beds, we’ve got salmon passing through. What part of ‘no’ does Eagle Spirit not understand?”

Opponents of the pipeline note the fact the announcement was made in Calgary.

“Until they can stand up in British Columbia and announce that they have the support of First Nations on the coast, their proposal is dead in the water, just like Enbridge’s Northern Gateway,” said Art Sterritt.

Contact Information:

Art Sterritt
Executive Director
Coastal First Nations