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Haisla First Nations, Kitamaat Village Chief Councillor, Deloras Pollard standing next to Councillor Gerald Amos at the Gathering of Nations on May 29, 2010
NEWS RELEASE · 29th June 2010
Haisla First Nation
Enbridge Blocking First Nation's Comments on Sufficiency of Pipeline Application

The Haisla First Nation is firing back after Enbridge urged the federal government to ignore First Nations input on the sufficiency of the company's recent Northern Gateway Pipeline application.

The Haisla have written to the National Energy Board (NEB) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) expressing concern that Enbridge wants government to overlook its constitutional obligation to consult First Nations.

"We are deeply concerned at the disrespect Enbridge has shown for our rights," said Haisla Councillor Gerald Amos. "Enbridge is acting in bad faith by interfering in our Nation's government-to-government relationship with the Crown."

Enbridge submitted its application for the Northern Gateway Pipeline in May to the Joint Review Panel (JRP) process headed by the NEB and CEAA. The panel must determine whether Enbridge's application is sufficiently complete to initiate the review process.

In a June 17 letter, Enbridge's legal counsel urged the JRP determine the sufficiency of Enbridge's application without considering information from the Haisla.

"The Haisla have a right to be consulted at every phase of the assessment process and that includes commenting on the sufficiency of Enbridge's application," said Haisla Chief Councillor Dolores Pollard.

The Haisla intend to submit a letter in the coming months commenting on the specific deficiencies of Enbridge's application.

The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to an oil tanker port near Kitimat, in Haisla traditional territory.
Common Sense
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 29th June 2010

I would think it's obvious that the answer to the pipeline is a no.

Ali Howard swam down the Skeena river.

Norm Hann paddle-boarded 387 kilometers standing up.

CN has had spills, PNG has had broken pipes, roads have been washed out, Fiber optic cables have been cut, power has been lost - A spill is inevitable.

Process the oil in Canada.
Shame on YOU Enbridge!!
Comment by Barbi Wilson on 29th June 2010
OK so this is BAD BAD work ethique on the part of ENBRIDGE....if they want to go thru MY property THEY must ABIDE by the law the GOVERNMENT has set up with the FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE.
No it isn't just YOUR choice.
I am AGAINST the pipe line for the fact that IT WILL BLOW up some time in the future and WRECK havoc on MY FOOD sources.
U may or may not know that living in HAISLA nation for the first years of growing up was so AWESOME.
Now i can no longer just go down the beach to go swimming due to ALL the pollution from surrounding factors.
It is now time for me to stand up for my children and thier children.
JUST yesterday i SEEN FIRST HAND how the spill WILL AFFECT those species that do LIVE in our waters.
Just right outside my front door i seen the oil/diesel SPILL. it isn't pretty.
so tell me this
ENBRIDGE WHAT R U GONNA DO TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE? R U REALLY GONNA PLACE SOMEONE TO STAND GUARD on each and EVERY joint that connects the pipeline?
OR ARE U WILLING TO PAY ME MONEY TO ALLOW U TO CONTINUE WITH THIS PIPELINE.
That is the only way i'll see things different.
I KNOW U WANNA MAKE MONEY BUT HEY I WANT TO HAVE FOOD AND BERRIES FOR MY FUTURE......
No i don't have RESPECT FOR YOU IF U DON'T HAVE NONE FOR MY FUTURE.
ya i could use a JOB but it isn't worth it if your GONNA KILL OFF MY FOODS.
Seeing first hand how maple leaf foods are struggling i am happy eating fresh moose from our lands and preparing my own fruits and jams. Not worrying if im gonna die from eating BAD MEATS.
WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER NOT AGAINST.
so how are we gonna fix this?
consultation...
Comment by Alfie McDames on 29th June 2010
There is nothing that will unite First Nations of differing political opinions than the failure of Governments and Corporations to consult with First Nations. It is the law of the land.