Some First Nations leaders are saying the honeymoon with Justin Trudeau’s government is over after the feds approved the controversial Site C dam project and the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
One issue First Nations opponents of those projects raise is the lack of adequate consultation.
Echoing that sentiment is Donnie Wesley, a hereditary chief of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.
He and his supporters contend the Pacific NorthWest LNG facility would permanently damage Lelu Island and Flora Bank, destroying vital Skeena River salmon habitat.
Wesley was among a number of Skeena-area First Nations leaders who went to Ottawa last week in a last-ditch effort to plead their case, but says unknown to them, federal cabinet ministers were already on their way to Vancouver to announce the project’s approval.
Wesley says Trudeau’s actions after his election are a slap in the face given his lofty campaign promises to Canada’s First Nations.
He says so far, beyond the political rhetoric, Trudeau’s actions have echoed those of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which Wesley adds, he was no fan of.