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Nine Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leadership calls on Lelu Island occupiers to leave

A letter signed by a number of Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders and elders is calling for those occupying Lelu Island to leave.

The letter calls the occupiers “a small radical handful” who are misrepresenting the Nine Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams.

The letter goes on to say Donald Wesley is not a hereditary chief based on Lax Kw’alaams ayaawx (laws), and calls on him to stop representing himself as one to the media.

A letter signed by a number of Lax Kw’alaams hereditary leaders and elders is calling for those occupying Lelu Island to leave.

The letter calls the occupiers “a small radical handful” who are misrepresenting the Nine Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams.

The letter goes on to say Donald Wesley is not a hereditary chief based on Lax Kw’alaams ayaawx (laws), and calls on him to stop representing himself as one to the media.

Wesley has previously stated Lelu Island is part of his traditional territory as hereditary chief, and is opposed to the Petronas backed PacificNorthwest LNG project.

The letter says Wesley refused to follow traditional protocols when asked by other leaders to do so.

It goes on to say former Lax Kw’alaams mayor, Gary Reece, has carried out “secret, and extensive negotiations” in relation to the LNG project, without consulting the hereditary leadership and community, adding to the confusion of who’s speaking for whom.

The letter concludes by saying they do not support Donald Wesley and his “small faction,” and that he has “invited environmental militants and outsiders” into their territory without following proper protocol, and asks all those on Lelu Island to immediately leave.

Wesley has previously stated Lelu Island is part of his traditional territory as hereditary chief, and is opposed to the Petronas backed PacificNorthwest LNG project.

The letter says Wesley refused to follow traditional protocols when asked by other leaders to do so.

It goes on to say former Lax Kw’alaams mayor, Gary Reece, has carried out “secret, and extensive negotiations” in relation to the LNG project, without consulting the hereditary leadership and community, adding to the confusion of who’s speaking for whom.

The letter concludes by saying they do not support Donald Wesley and his “small faction,” and that he has “invited environmental militants and outsiders” into their territory without following proper protocol, and asks all those on Lelu Island to immediately leave.

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2 comments

  1. You might think it is a joke but you need to answer the main question. Is Wesley a properly constituted hereditary chief or is he an imposter?

  2. Leona Peterson

    This is a joke.
    As one of the original people that requested of Yahaan to occupy Lelu, I will say, I am Tsimshian.
    I was concerned enough about the development of methane projects.
    I was concerned about any industrialization fo the Skeena estuary at the mouth of the Skeena.
    I was concerned about reports of specialists meaning to transplant eel grass to another location as a way to deal with the Flora banks issue.
    I am concerned, these people, that pretend at concern, for their people , are not educated on the failures of the fracking industry as a whole, no matter how much the liberal gov under christie clark deny the harms or detrimental effects.
    Lets not provide jobs, ensure royalties and taxation are limited to recovery of investment.
    Lets pretend any lng project slated for the coast of BC is nothing more than bullying the smallers into pollution for the benefit of others.
    We are put at risk locally with the facilities and tankers.
    In the Prince Rupert area there is no adherring to any international lng industrial standards.
    There is no free and complete access and this poses a huge and significant hazard.
    These lng tankers are supposed to have complete access to waterways.
    The Port of Prince Ruperts shipping operations is at the mouth of the Harbour of Prince Rupert.
    I do not see how this is responsible development.
    Every person is at risk of these proposals.

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