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REPORTING · 26th November 2010
Merv Ritchie
The results of the Kitamaat Village and Haisla Nation referendum, on the use of their traditional territory for the construction and operation of Kitimat LNG, was overwhelmingly in favour. The vote, which took place on November 17, 2010 had 380 votes cast with 354 marked YES.

Apache Canada President, the significant partner in Kitimat LNG expressed excitement about the future opportunities this would mean for both the Haisla and their company.

The Kitamaat Village Council released a statement advising their members they would be holding a signing ceremony in the near future.

“We are very happy that our people have voted so strongly in favor of a brighter economic future for our Haisla community,” Chief Councillor Dolores Pollard is quoted as saying, “ We expect to formally sign the lease within the next week and we look forward to the go-ahead for the project from the proponents.”

The agreement approved by the Haisla people involves a 49 year lease of Bees IR #6, which will be used for the construction and operation of the proposed $3 billion Kitimat LNG terminal. In return the Haisla will receive annual lease payments and property taxes.
at what cost
Comment by John Proudstar on 28th November 2010
I know what you mean Mr. Daratha.
but money does put a roof over my head, and pays for my children's education. the real question is whose pocket do we belong into?
how many will benefit from this?
I know it pointless trying to teach an old dog new tricks, but it never to late. all the years that were spent fighting saying this could never happen. were all a waste. money talks and you know what walks, it was real easy to be paid off. And I am ok with it. I don't care to much for the land anymore. and Since all the fish are almost gone, I might as well cash a cheque before its to late.
Generational Change
Comment by Brian Grant on 28th November 2010
Five or Ten years ago, this would not have happen. The companies & Government would override us as a people, I am HAISLA. And I, solely feel our Economic future is more positive than it used too be. LNG has way more potential than Enbridge, and its' Environmental Assessment .

We didn't go into this Blind, Our community was consulted, as we consulted within our membership.
you cannot eat money
Comment by daratha on 27th November 2010
. "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right." -Black Hawk, Sauk-(1767-1838)Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy

the Métis believed that the Dominion of Canada had failed to address the protection of their rights, their land and their survival as a distinct people..
And now this......are we lost as people? Are we considered left to be forgotten, yes this will do good for the now, but when all is said and done, 50 years down the road we will be back where we started. Your future my future , the next generations future means nothing anymore.
We are lost, the people are lost, and all that’s left now is who has more money in there pocket....