First Nations leaders are speaking out against Enbridge’s claim that they have First Nations support for their Northern Gateway project.
The claim by Enbridge was made in documents filed to the Federal Court of Appeals, according to a media release by a group of B.C. First Nations leaders.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs emphatically says he’s never heard of any First Nations leader come out in support of Northern Gateway.
He says the recent Nexen spill in Alberta serves as a reminder to the dangers of having a pipeline carrying bitumen across the province.
Phillip calls Enbridge’s claim that a majority of First Nations support Northern Gateway, delusional.
Northern Gateway’s Communication Manager, Ivan Giesbrecht, says Northern Gateway is focusing on building trust, engaging in respectful dialogue and building meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities.
He adds that they believe First Nations and Metis communities should share in the ownership and benefits of Northern Gateway.