NEWS RELEASE · 17th February 2012
MP Nathan Cullen
Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen delivered a passionate defense of the Northwest and its land and people in a 40-minute address to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel here today.
“We have a saying in the Northwest: “The land makes the people, the people don’t make the land,” Cullen said to sustained applause from the packed hearing room.
Cullen said he quickly learned powerful and lasting lessons of the “absolute interconnectivity” of land and people in his 300,000-square kilometre riding from the moment he drove off the Prince Rupert ferry in a battered 1986 Toyota Tercel almost 15 years ago.
“My most clear thought that day was that if we mess up the land and ocean in this place, there is no hope,” an emotional Cullen told the panel. “I’ve lived around the world and nowhere have I seen the interconnectivity of land and people like I have here in the Northwest.
“I’ve learned one consistent factor in feast halls across the north: the land supports us and we must support the land. It is the cultural fabric that holds us together and any threat to the land affects people at their core,” Cullen said.
Implicit threats that Enbridge’s proposed dual pipeline project pose to land and sea have already profoundly affected communities, especially First Nations, across the north, he said.
“Our very way of life, our many established salmon-based economies – all are being put at risk.”
Cullen said the risk that supertankers pose to the ocean environment is “second to none.” He told of a trip two years ago with elected officials that traced a portion of Enbridge’s proposed coastal route.
“We were in a 35-foot boat, making those tight turns out of Douglas Channel and into the open ocean, and I remember thinking, ‘Can 15,000 supertankers, some larger than the Empire State Building, sail this channel safely without making a mistake?’
“Because we can’t make a mistake, not even one, when it comes to our ocean environment.
“We have another saying, ‘When the tide goes out, the table is set.’ The ocean, and the land, are not just jobs or a meal for us, they are our life.” Cullen said. “The threat that the Enbridge pipeline poses to our lives and livelihoods is absolutely unacceptable.”
Bring On Free Energy Tech
Comment by Hell With Oil Cars on 19th February 2012
To comments ,,, my first Car?
Well the truth, oil is destroying the whole entire universe. From space junk in our earth atmosphere. To oil destroying our fresh water.
TESLA Technology had break through with electrcity. The patent global oil corporations placed a lid on it. The intelligence to have 21st century technology is available.
Whoever ventures off to break from the oil culture, becomes "hurt, health crisis". Meaning do not learn how to be independent from oil cosmetic industry. Or you will be prosecuted.
Terrace BC - Skeena River had the Steam Boat Technology along our river for travel. Where is the courage to re invent ourselves?
We have engineers in Terrace BC. Youth with education, were smarter than past generations when it comes to future survival. For we are the pioneers of tommorow.
Terrace BC, is breaking free from "Oil Slavery". The dependence of it.
Nathan Cullen is taking a leadership role. That is bravely impacting whole entire world. Showing Democracy of transformation.
He knows what "Economic Slave Trade is". I am sure with his understanding about natural world. That once it disapears, will be gone for ever.
North Coast BC is the last place in our world. To celebrate New Years EVE. We are the last place in the world with freedom of natural beauty.
For we are the beginning and end.
End the Oil Slavery.
All we need is a organized team. Dedicated to prove that Terrace BC can be a indpendent energy force. A world model.
Does anyone have the guts?
Hell yeah. Anytime Nathan we are here to the beginning of a Reduce, Recycle Reuse World.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 19th February 2012
From my first Dog 'n Suds paycheques, I bought my first car....a 1962 Volkswagon beetle (painted like a bumblebee). Bruce, Debbie, Irma and Howie let us work there as long as we stayed in school. We worked our arses off, and had a ball doing it.
If you ever wonder what to do with your lives, stay in school until you figure it out. Think seriously about this proposed pipeline, and get off the fence about it.
times don'e really change
Comment by claudia holding on 18th February 2012
my first car was a 1969 toyota tercel
I was sure when I had the choke turned up to high that I could sew up anything! Does our first car really influence us?
Comment by blocky bear on 17th February 2012
correct! I earned my living supporting my family boots on the ground handlogging all around this area. The thought of an oily slick is so appalling my mind boggles! Three cheers for you Nathan!
This man is leadership material
Comment by adolan on 17th February 2012
Bravo Nathan! Talk about courage and poise under fire. Despite being shut down time & again by the Chair and objections from the Northern Gateway legal spokesperson, Nathan was able to change tack and deliver this brilliant and impassioned plea on behalf of the people of the North coast. Thank you.
I sure hope they enjoy it while they can
Comment by Maureen on 17th February 2012
Generally not one to make like of the spiritual ... but I sure hope the Enbridge Lawyers are having a good life now , cause i doubt that they are heading for the pearly gates when they die.
The more that comes out - the more evil this project clearly is!