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NEWS RELEASE · 26th March 2012
Ian Austin -The Province
Native-led oil pipeline protest draws hundreds to Vancouver Art Gallery

Elder Edwin Newman of the Heiltsuk First Nation speaks against the Enbridge Pipeline project at the Vancouver Art Gallery. First Nations were joined by enviromental groups and labour organizations to protest the planned pipeline that would stretch from Alberta to the northern B.C. coast.

Elder Edwin Newman of the Heiltsuk First Nation speaks against the Enbridge Pipeline project at the Vancouver Art Gallery. First Nations were joined by enviromental groups and labour organizations to protest the planned pipeline that would stretch from Alberta to the northern B.C. coast.

Protesters marching through downtown Vancouver Monday promised to fight big oil and big government and put a stop to proposed pipeline expansions in B.C.

Chanting native elders wearing button blankets and pounding drums led more than 300 marchers to the Vancouver Art Gallery for a noon rally where they were joined by hundreds more.

Pipelines proposed by Kinder Morgan and Enbridge require First Nations support, and if Monday’s rally is any indication there is plenty of opposition in that camp.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip was one of many high-powered native leaders who said Prime Minister Stephen Harper has bitten off more than he can chew if he thinks more oil tankers will be allowed on B.C.’s west coast.

“We all know this government is a few clowns short of a circus, and that this fight will intensify,” said Phillip.

“I will tell my grandchildren that you were here today, and we will win this, and we will make this a better world.”

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