I don’t want this pipeline at all.

Wilf Adam, elected Chief of the Lake Babine Nation – January 17, 2012 – Burns Lake, B.C.


The Enbridge pipeline or Enbridge –or its companies has almost 160 pipeline spills since 2002 in the United States. In 2010 alone, Enbridge or one of its companies had a 20,000 barrel spill in Michigan and 7,500 barrel spill in Illinois and

an additional 3,700 barrel spill in North Dakota.


Even the smallest spill of the three spills is equivalent to 130,000 gallons of oil.


This next one is particularly important to me, personally. It’s that, in the summer, in June of this past summer, 2011, there was a spill up in Wrigley, Northwest Territories.


It was an undetected crack and a pin hole crack, I guess, because when I talked to Chief Tim Lennie from that area and we had a long talk about — about that spill up in the Northwest Territories and when I was talking to him, he and I came to the conclusion that, you know, when they’re talking to us, they’ll say that the pipelines are very safe and their new technologies but, you know, anything will be detected and taken care of.


When Chief Lennie talked to me, he told me it was him and other hunters that found that lake. They found it because it was burning their eyes and they could hardly breathe and that happened in June of this past year, and to this day they’re still taking the soil from that area.


And I asked Chief Lennie, “Are they still doing that?” “Yes, they are and it looks like they’re going to be there for another couple of years.” I find that very disturbing. I find that very troubling because my house is going to be less than 200 feet from that proposed pipeline. I don’t want this pipeline at all.


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No compensation scheme can compensate

Maki Ikemura, M.D. – Bella Bella, B.C. – April 4, 2012

… I’d like to point out here, again from my perspective as a medical professional, that harvesting and sharing traditional foods has an impact on people’s health that goes beyond just the nutritional value of what’s being eaten.

Any kind of compensation scheme tries to reduce things that are lost to economic values. Something that can be compensated by money or replaced by something similar but I’d like to point out why a pound of roe on kelp, the herring roe that you’ve been hearing about, it can’t be substituted by a pound of ground up beef in Styrofoam from a supermarket. And why the loss of this ability to harvest a pound of herring roe has a far-reaching impact on people’s health.

You know, bringing that pound of herring roe onto the feast table is the final outcome, it’s what you see but there’s been many, many steps that lead up to that point. And all those steps are vital to creating a healthy person and a health community.

So, in that pound of herring roe that’s on the feast table, first you have the interaction between the Elders and the young people; transmission of knowledge; traditional teachings about when it’s the best time is to go and harvest, stories that get told about the moon that’s tipped over that’s signalling the season; the best places that one should go. This is all passed on and that’s the interaction between generations.

Secondly, in getting that pound of herring roe onto the feast table, you have communal endeavour; you have groups of people going out to look for the spawning fish and preparing the trees or kelp and then going out many times to check on the product and bringing it in.

And thirdly, that pound of roe represents cementing of family ties and community ties as that roe is shared or exchanged for other things. And most, most importantly, it represents participation in the natural cycle of life; affirmation of the connection of people to the sea.

So, all of these things, none of — actually none of these things can be replaced by just a pound for pound equivalent protein, a pound of ground beef.

And from the Northern Gateway projects document on Risk Assessment and Management of Spills, we know that compensation will be offered to quantifiable losses, such as loss of revenue or damage to boats and equipment.

But no compensation scheme can compensate for the loss of what I just mentioned; the loss of intergenerational interaction, the loss of that family and friends working together to go harvest, the loss of family and community ties that are cemented by sharing of food. And none of those things are compensable but they’re all vital to keeping this nation healthy.

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The time for talking is now

Larry Bolton (speaking through an interpreter) — Gitxaala Nation, Kitkatla, BC — March 14, 2012

If there’s a spill on Estevan Island, we will feel it here because of the strong tidal currents that will bring the damage right to our front door. And where will our grandchildren go?

This is our opportunity to try our very best to stop this. We must speak now. Tomorrow is too late; the damage will be done. There’s no use talking then. The time for talking is now.

Others, other communities around us, other villages, other tribes, they’re all looking at Gitxaala right now. ‘Wii galts’abm Gitxaała, the great village of Gitxaala, always held in high esteem by others. They’re looking to us now, what are we going to do.

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I can see Canada eating seaweed

Fred Reid — Bella Bella, B.C. — April 4, 2013

Our diet is a good diet for everyone. Birdie Humchitt lived to be 101. Grandpa Gordon was in his late 90s when he died. Walter Stuart was 99 when he died. Eva Starr was in her 90s when she died. Traditional diet. Healthy diet. Why would we destroy it? We won’t. That’s what we’re saying.

But the potential out there, to save the world? Just think about this: I sure hope you get a chance to eat the seaweed that we have, we harvest in our territory. When it’s crisp, it could replace potato chips. It’s really nice. Try it. Please do.

I can see — you now, I can see Canada eating seaweed, replacing potato chips. That’d be healthier. I could see the many forms of fish being, you know, sold throughout Canada. You get these little meat jerky bars, well, fish aloos  the way we do it, it’s very very good and very very healthy.

So why would we destroy — why would we destroy the potential in all good conscience? I couldn’t; neither can my father.

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The atmosphere we all share

David Hollingworth – February 1, 2013 – Vancouver, BC


I would now like to speak to your decision to exclude the implications of climate change from your mandate. How can you not take into consideration the pipeline’s capacity to accelerate output of pollutants into the atmosphere we all share? That’s like a neighbour asking how do you feel about having truckloads of tires pass by your home, but please don’t discuss I’m going to be burning them in my backyard.

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