A group of four elected Wet’suwet’en Chiefs says Unist’ot’en camp members blocking a number of pipelines in northwestern BC don’t speak for their nations.
Nee Tahi Buhn Chief Ray Morris, Burns Lake Band Chief Dan George, Skin Tyee Nation Chief Rene Skin, and Wet’suwet’en First Nation Chief Karen Ogen have issued a news release saying they are disappointed with recent media coverage of the Unist’ot’en camp.
They say the reports fail to capture the complexity of the issues and misrepresents the Unist’ot’en as speaking for their nations.
Ogen, who is also the spokesperson for the First Nations LNG Alliance, says it’s short-sighted to turn down projects like the Coastal GasLink project before understanding the true risks and benefits.
The four chiefs point out that a number of First Nations have signed benefits agreements with the Coastal GasLink project once they were satisfied social and economic benefits would be balanced with environmental protection.
The proposed pipeline would bring natural gas from the northeast to a proposed LNG export facility near Kitimat.
Ogen is urging all Wet’suwet’en leaders, elected First Nation and Hereditary Chiefs, to meet as soon as possible to discuss a path forward.