Chief Councillor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation spoke at yesterday’s pro-LNG rally in Terrace.
He says he was there to show his support for LNG, especially at an event where the LNG supporters are the vocal majority for a change.
Ross believes LNG supporters have been less vocal because they’re being rational rather than emotional.
He recognizes the debate over LNG is emotional, saying he’s been told he’s going against his First Nations culture by supporting LNG.
But Ross responds by saying First Nations are evolving and are part of the modern world.
But not everyone at the rally buys into that message.
Brenda Wesley was conspicuous in the crowd as the lone person wearing a light blue “No-LNG” t-shirt.
She says she doesn’t support LNG due to environmental concerns in the Skeena estuary, but adds that doesn’t mean she’s against all development.
She says despite Ellis Ross being the First Nations leader speaker for the rally, he doesn’t speak for her.
Wesley is part of the Lax Kw’alaams band, which rejected a $1-billion benefits agreement with the Petronas-back Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
The band also recently reported their opposition to the project in their submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s draft report on the PNW project.