Opponents of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project held a meeting yesterday in Prince Rupert’s Nisga’a Hall.
Approximately 40 people attended the meeting which saw First Nations leaders, environmental scientists, and Lelu Island supporters give presentations.
There were representatives from the mouth of the Skeena all the way into the interior.
Glen Williams of the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs gave an overview of the legal avenues available to opponents of the PNW project.
He says there are a number of areas where federal approval of the project may be on shaky legal ground.
John Ridsdale of the Wet’suwet’en says opposition to the PNW project is uniting a number of Skeena-area First Nations.
Both Glen Williams and John Ridsdale emphasized they’re not against development, but it has to be in the right place and right for their people.
Environmental assessment biologist Kyla Warren with the Skeena Fisheries Commission gave a presentation critiquing the 190 legally binding conditions placed on the project by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
She says those conditions are weak and will not protect the ecologically important Flora Bank.
Christine Smith-Martin who is Haida and Tsimshian, and has been active in opposing the PNW project says this message of unity is also directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
She echoes an earlier speaker who pointedly said the people on Lelu Island aren’t protesters, but protectors.