Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross has released a statement in support of elected Wet’suwet’en leaders.
In the statement, he says being an elected aboriginal leader means doing what’s right for his people, and in many cases that means making decisions that affect the land.
He also says as elected leaders, they’re trying to help their people, but criticizes what he calls “higher level organizations” that don’t recognize their problems or the work they do.
Ellis says rights and title aren’t the only answers to issues facing First Nations, but “politics, economics and case law” have to work together towards the same goal, adding that “Aboriginals have never been in a better place to improve our lot in life.”
The statement concludes by saying the Haisla Nation supports the elected Wet’suwet’en leaders efforts to resolve the concerns of the Unist’ot’en and to allow the pipeline projects to continue as agreed upon by other First Nations.
The full statement can be found here.