One of the biggest unions in BC has signed a solidarity accord affirming its support of 130 First Nations who have symbolically banned pipelines in their territories.
The BC Government and Service Employees’ Union says it’s a steadfast supporter of indigenous rights.
Union treasurer Paul Finch says that as a signatory of the Save the Fraser declaration, the union hopes to strengthen its relationship with First Nations and reaffirm its commitment to the environment.
Geraldine Thomas-Flurer is with the Yinka Dene Alliance.
Their member territories represents about 25% of the territory crossed by the proposed Northern Gateway project.
She says the support of the BCGEU is very much appreciated.
She adds that with global oil prices plummeting, there should be more focus on building a green economy.
The accord has also been signed by other labour unions such as Unifor and the BC Teachers’ Federation, as well as business, environmental and community groups.