The so-called “forces of no” have responded to Premier Christy Clark’s comments about their opposition to LNG development on Lelu Island.
Donald Wesley, a hereditary chief of Lax Kw’alaams and whose traditional territory is on Lelu Island, says he’s appalled by Clark’s comments, and that she’s putting the entire region at risk.
He says the Skeena River is a life line for people in the region, some of whom have limited incomes and rely on it for food.
Rhetorically, he asks, what does Clark expect people in the region to do once the Skeena River is killed, and if she wants everybody to be on welfare.
Wesley adds that the rich ecology of the region isn’t for Clark to give away.
Other participants of the Salmon Nation Summit have also weighed in.
Dr. Jonathan Moore, Chair of Coastal Science and Management at Simon Fraser University, says his peer reviewed study shows industrial development will have a major impact on salmon.
His three year study was published in the Journal of Science.
Gerald Amos, Co-Chair of Friends of Wild Salmon and one of the organizers of the summit, added Clark’s comments are one of the most paternalistic and ill formed comments he’s ever heard.