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Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs standing by Lelu Island camp

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs standing by Lelu Island camp

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs are showing their support for the Lulu Island occupation camp.

The Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs have their own camp at Madii Lii, in opposition to TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, which would bring natural gas to Lelu Island if completed.

Madii Lii spokesperson, Richard Wright, said in a statement that they’re taking the government to court over the lack of consultation, weak impact asessment, and infringement of Aboriginal rights.

He adds that people are now on the ground blocking the Petronas back project from the coast to far inland.

Lelu Island is the proposed site the Petronas backed Pacific Northwest LNG plant.

It’s also home to Flora Bank, an ecologically sensitive area that’s home to juvenile salmon.

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  1. Cynthia Wunderlich Nelson

    There is a difference between “occupying” and Asserting our Aboriginal Title and Rights. There seems to be a media problem with titles and news releases with all cultural camps including Lelu Island. “Occupying” and “Protesting” give the negative connotation that we are doing something illegal. Asserting our title and rights is not only legal it is protected. so in solidarity. please understand we are trying to correct the media lingo regarding news releases in radio, newspapers and TV.

    I would like to see some headlines…

    ”GITSXAN SUPPORTING LAX’WALAAMS ASSERTING THEIR ABORIGINAL TITLE AND RIGHTS”

    Or

    WETSUWETSUN UNITE TO ASSERT THEIR ABORIGINAL TITLE AND RIGHTS VIA THEIR “CULTURAL CAMP”

    Or Better yet “TSIMSHIAN UNITE TO COLLECTIVELY ASSERT AND CLAIM THEIR ABORIGINAL TITLE AND RIGHTS BUILDING CULTURAL CAMPS TO REUNITE AND REJUVINATE THEIR PEOLES”

    Or AHOUSAHT PEOPLES – YAAKSWIIS OCEAN CAMP ASSERTING THEIR TITLE AND RIGHTS HOLDING CERMAQ TO ACCOUNT!

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