First Nations opposed to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project are accusing B.C. Premier Christy Clark of selling out British Columbians and putting a price tag on the future of aboriginal people.

The Yinka Dene Alliance, a group of five First Nations in the B.C. Interior, issued a statement Saturday, saying it rejects Clark's "sales pitch."

The B.C. government said earlier this week it won't support the $6-billion Enbridge project until five environmental and fiscal conditions are met, including B.C. getting a much larger share of economic benefits such as resource royalties or other tax revenue.

Another of the five conditions is that legal requirements for aboriginal and treaty rights must be addressed and First Nations be allowed to benefit from the project.

However, the aboriginal groups claim the premier is bargaining with land that they say will never be for sale at any price.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for our premier to play a game of The Price is Right while putting our lands, our waters and our futures at risk to devastating oil spills," said Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.

"This is our lives, the well-being of our families that she is playing with. We won't let her sell our lands out from under us."

Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation said the government can't "put a price tag on our future," adding that the alliance is committed to fighting the project.

"Clark has admitted that B.C. will take 100 per cent of the risks from tankers and most of the pipeline risk. For her to turn around the next day and start bargaining for royalties - that's knowingly trying to sell all British Columbians out," Louie said.

On Friday, Clark refused to sign onto any national energy strategy until B.C.'s dispute with Alberta and the federal government over the Northern Gateway oil pipeline is resolved.

The Enbridge project would carry oilsands crude, or bitumen, from northern Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia.

SOURCE: The StarPhoenix

Responses to "First Nations outraged by Clark's 'sales pitch'"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Any oil found in Canada should be kept in Canada for future Canadians - if it's on First Nations land then they should have the rights and control of it .

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its sad to see the government thing that they can go around thinking that the own everything. Their attitude towards everything hasn't changed since the first immigrant christofer columbas set foot on these lands. I doubt that they don't understand how damaging this is to the land. All they see is money n a prize tag for everything. Everything should be left the way it is!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Everything in this world has slowly been destroyed to the point where NOW they are trying to save the planet and trying to get it back to it's natural state! The land is so covered up with so much unnatural stuff that it can't breath. But it may be too late because they WON'T remove what is already there and it continues to affect our climate and weather. Keep your land safe.

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