Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tar Sands: 61 First Nations vow to stop it

To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
B.C. First Nations unite against pipeline
VANCOUVER (METRO/CP) - A group of 61 British Columbia First Nations vowed Thursday to stop oil from Alberta's controversial oil sands from going through the province to reach the international market place.

Dozens of First Nations groups gathered in Vancouver to launch a campaign against the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway Pipeline project proposed by Enbridge Inc.

Members of the group sang and drummed through the streets of downtown Vancouver to the Enbridge office to deliver a signed declaration stating their opposition.

Chief Dolly Abraham of the Taka Lake First Nations delivered a signed declaration to the Enbridge office after security at the building refused to allow the group to go up to the office.

Standing on the steps of the company's headquarters in Vancouver, Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik'uz First Nation said: "Enbridge, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for uniting us."

Signatories of the declaration say the twin pipelines that would run 1,170 kilometres from an oilsands hub near Edmonton to the B.C. port community of Kitimat would pose the risk of an oil spill either along the pipeline itself or from tanker traffic along the Pacific coast.

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