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REPORTING · 10th June 2010
Walter McFarlane
A GATHERING OF NATIONS PART 4

It was getting close to lunch at the Solidarity Gathering of Nations at Kitamaat Village on Saturday May 29th and the next speaker was Chief Larry Nooski of the Carrier Sekani Nation. Gerald Amos said his Nation was among the first to draw a line in the sand against Enbridge.

“It made the company think twice against moving ahead full force,” said Amos.

“It is very important to our people that we stop the Enbridge Pipeline. Lots of people don’t realize the dangers that come along through pipelines,” said Nooski.

He called upon Martin Louis to speak. Louis spoke about the Indian Act which cost the First Nations their identity. He reflected on the trading which took place between the many First Nations groups which live on the coast.

“Our people have been doing that for thousands of years. Now we have to abide by rules that have been put before us by the Province and Canada,” said Louis.

He expressed the Indian Act came from a government who did not care how the First Nations lived and because of it, they have to go to courts to defend their territory. With his drum, he sang a song.

Louis talked about how the Indian Act has separated their people and how they have tried to maintain their songs and stories and how they worked to recover them.

Nooski took the microphone again and talked about Enbridge. “This is why we need to stop the proposal from Enbridge. To have a pipeline coming through our territory is something that I can’t fathom to even think about,” said Nooski.

He expressed there are animals on the land and fish in the lakes and the rivers. It is the land he grew up and if the area would be contaminated with oil, it would mean the end of their water supplies.

“We need to collectively stand up and say no to Enbridge. We don’t want to see another oil spill, there has been too many,” said Nooski. “Remember who you are and what you represent.”