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.
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.
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:
Alexis Creek First Nation
Boston Bar First Nation
Bridge River Indian Band
Burns Lake Band
Chawathil First Nation
Cook’s Ferry Band
Lake Babine Nation
Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation
Lhtako (Red Bluff)
Musqueam Indian Band
Nicomen Indian Band
Nooaitch Indian Band
Shackan Indian Band
Siska Indian Band
Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek)
Takla Lake First Nation
T’exelc (Williams Lake Band)
Tsq’escen First Nation (Canim Lake Band)
Xat’sūll (Soda Creek)
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government
Cape Mudge Band
Okanagan Indian Band
Penticton Indian Band, Okanagan Nation
Tseshaht First Nation
Find the original declaration @: http://savethefraser.ca/fraser_declaration.pdf