Not all regional First Nations leaders are on-board the Lelu Island Declaration, which calls for the scrapping of LNG development on Lelu Island.
In a press release, the elected chiefs of five Tsimshian First Nations say the declaration was made without their consultation or support.
It goes on to say the declaration doesn’t represent them as elected chiefs, or their mandate.
They call the declaration a political action that attacks the rights and title interest of Tsimshian Nations.
They’re also critical of the NDP MLA’s, as well as NDP MP Nathan Cullen, for not consulting with them or their communities before signing on.
The statement goes onto say that the science presented at the Salmon Nation Summit is incomplete.
The Tsimshian Environmental Stewardship Authority has commissioned their own scientific report, which they say will be released in a few weeks.
The leaders say they’ll continue to make decisions based on what’s best for their communities and based on the best environmental science.
The statement is signed by the elected chiefs of the Gitxaala, Metlakatla, Kitsumkalum, Kitselas, and Gitga’at First Nations.