A story you wont read much about is when the Harper government initially signed on to this ambitious plan.
Together with Tides Canada, (an environmental and social justice organization), it proposed to fund a large protected area known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area. This is off the coast of the Great Bear Rain Forest and stretches from Alaska to Vancouver Island.
But then Enbridge officials came calling with their $5.5 billion plan for pipelines and tankers.
They even showed up in Hartley Bay and offered the Gitga’at the chance to run an oil-spill cleaning company, recalls Marven Robinson, a 43-year-old local First Nation official and ecotour guide. Robinson told the officials that the Gitga’at weren’t interested.
(Later the company came back with another
offer: he could own and operate the tugboats needed to guide supertankers through the Douglas Channel. The answer was the same: no thanks. “It’s just crazy what they think money can buy,” says Robinson, whose Gitga’at name, Maan Giis Heitk, means “one step higher.”) Source Here
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