Four First Nations have issued a letter criticizing what it calls “outside interests” over the Pacific Northwest LNG project.
The Gitxaala First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Kitsumkalum First Nation, and Kitselas First Nation are part of the Tsimshian Environmental Stewardship Authority.
The letter outlines the group’s concern that there’s opposition to the project before all the scientific data on its impact has been gathered.
Joe Bevan is the Chief Councillor of the Kitselas First Nation, and he says they’re waiting for their own review before passing judgement.
The letter is critical of “outside interests” that have signed a joint letter opposing the project without first consulting the First Nations that are part of the TESA, or waiting for the scientific data.
He notes that there are various groups that are impacted by the project, and the message is confusing without a unified voice.
He adds that the table is open for other bands to join the TESA.
But Joey Wesley, spokesperson for the Lelu Island camp, says his father Donnie Wesley, as head of the Gitwilgyoots tribe has the final word on development on Lelu Island.
The Gitwilgyoots claim Lelu Island as their traditional territory.
Yesterday, Donnie Wesley sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, backed with 70 signatories, asking the federal government to cancel the Petronas backed LNG project.