BC Indigenous Nations Oppose Tar Sands Pipeline – Declaration

Posted on December 6, 2011

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Save the Fraser Declaration

WE THE UNDERSIGNED INDIGENOUS NATIONS OF THE FRASER RIVER WATERSHED DECLARE:

We have inhabited and governed our territories within the Fraser watershed, according to our laws and traditions, since time immemorial. Our relationship with the watershed is ancient and profound, and our inherent Title and Rights and legal authority over these lands and waters have never been relinquished through treaty or war.

Water is life, for our peoples and for all living things that depend on it. The Fraser River and its tributaries are our lifeline.

A threat to the Fraser and its headwaters is a threat to all who depend on its health. We will not allow our fish, animals, plants, people and ways of life to be placed at risk.

We have come together to defend these lands and waters from a grave threat: the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project. This project which would link the Tar Sands to Asia through our territories and the headwaters of this great river, and the federal process to approve it, violate our laws, traditions, values and our inherent rights as Indigenous Peoples under international law.

We are united to exercise our inherent Title, Rights, and responsibility to ourselves, our ancestors, our descendants and to the people of the world, to defend these lands and waters. Our laws require that we do this.

Therefore, in upholding our ancestral laws, Title, Rights and responsibilities, we declare:

 We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, or similar Tar Sands projects, to cross our lands, territories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon.

We are adamant and resolved in this declaration, made according to our Indigenous laws and authority. We call on all who would place our lands and waters at risk – we have suffered enough, we will protect our watersheds, and we will not tolerate this great threat to us all and to all future generations.

Declared at T’exelc (Williams Lake), Secwepemc Territory, and Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories, and affirmed by the following Indigenous nations:

Adams Lake

Alexis Creek First Nation

Bonaparte

Boston Bar First Nation

Bridge River Indian Band

Burns Lake Band

Chawathil First Nation

Coldwater Band

Cook’s Ferry Band

Esketemc

Kwantlen

Lake Babine Nation

Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation

Lhtako (Red Bluff)

Mt.CurrieBand/Lil’wat Nation

Musqueam Indian Band

N’Quatqua

Nadleh Whut’en

Nak’azdli

Nicomen Indian Band

Nooaitch Indian Band

Saik’uz

Shackan Indian Band

Siska Indian Band

Skatsin/Neskonlith

Skeetchestn

Soowahlie

Splatsin

St’át’imc

Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek)

Sumas

Takla Lake First Nation

T’exelc (Williams Lake Band)

T’ít’q’et

Tl’esqox/Toosey

Tsq’escen First Nation (Canim Lake Band)

Tzeachten

Ulkatcho Band

Upper Nicola

Wet’suwet’en

Xat’sūll (Soda Creek)

Xaxli’p

Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government

Yakweakwioose

Supporting Nations:

Kwakiutl

Ktunaxa Nation

Cape Mudge Band

Campbell River

Da’naxda’xw Nation

Fort Nelson

Lyackson

Okanagan Indian Band

Penticton Indian Band, Okanagan Nation

Quatsino

Tseshaht First Nation

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Find the original declaration @: http://savethefraser.ca/fraser_declaration.pdf

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