The Council of Haida Nation has officially taken a stance against the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
CHN president, Peter Lantin, spoke at a meeting of PNW opponents in Prince Rupert yesterday.
The announcement that the CHN will be taking an active role in opposing the PNW project was met with loud applause.
While many groups had looked to the CHN for leadership and support, it took over a year of consideration before the governing body for all Haidas officially announced a stance.
Lantin said it was important for them to know they were entering a situation that had broad support from Tsimshian communities.
He said the approval of the PNW project by the federal government last week pushed the CHN into action.
Lantin said the environmental hazards that could impact Haida Gwaii are already present.
Lantin said in practical terms, the CHN will bring their legal experience from fighting Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, as well their already established lines of communications with various groups and organizations.