a reply to: Psynic
Nowhere at any time did I suggest the Natives care more than anyone else for mother earth. What I am getting at is the uprising I foresee that will
What I do hear from so many people who haven't bothered to get to know Natives, is how this is a money grabbing opportunity for them. Yes, maybe for
some, as the fact is Natives are just like you and me and we all have our different personalities, etc. However, to paint Natives in one brush stroke
as seeing this as a money making opportunity is so blatantly close minded.
What I am saying is that I have a feeling, a very strong feeling, that we are going to see an uprising of proportions never seen before. And the
Natives will band with anyone willing to fight with them. Band in terms of using knowledge as power, spreading information, seeking power in voices.
In fact it just might be the very fact that they have been so disregarded and ill treated and having had their entire culture ripped apart that will
give them strength to fight this pipeline. And with that strength the rest of Canada might have a chance of preventing future disasters from
happening. The town of Kitimat had a vote to go with or without the pipeline. Unfortunately because the Haisla Village is not within city tax limits
they were not able to vote. This was not a binding vote but it told the government how the town felt. And the vote was no. So if you consider the fact
that if the Village had been allowed to vote how much more of a no it would have been... and if you count the fact that the majority of Kitimat is non
Native then the fact is most people don't want the pipeline. And so what I am saying is combined, together, with all peoples, we have a stronger
chance to make a difference.
Of course every other culture and ethnicity living in Canada has members involved in environmental groups, etc.
Your comments about Natives just wanting to cash in is ridiculous and extremely uninformed.
The plebiscite had also raised tensions between the District of Kitimat and the nearby Haisla First Nation, which is adamantly opposed to Northern
Many Haisla were not allowed to vote because Kitamaat Village, a federal Indian reserve, is outside the municipal boundaries.
In a letter to local media, Haisla Chief Coun. Ellis Ross had called the decision to hold a vote at this late date a "slap in the face" for all the
work done by the Haisla on the project.
A demonstration by members of the Haisla Nation at Kitimat's City Centre Mall quickly turned into a celebration after the vote results were announced.
The Haisla Spirit of Kitlope Dancers led the celebration with drumming, singing and dancing.
Some Kitimat residents also joined the party, as did Nathan Cullen, the NDP Member of Parliament for Skeena Bulkley Valley.
Cullen, who has been a harsh critic of the project, said Saturday's vote sends a clear message that Stephen Harper's government must listen to.
"This is a resounding no to the Conservative policies. This is one of the most powerful grass roots things I have ever been associated with. This is
good politics," he said.
Gerald Amos, an environmentalist and former member of the Haisla Nation Council, said, "The town of Kitimat has rejected a project that is not good
for our economy. It endangers everything we worked for as a people here in Kitimat for the last ten thousand years."
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edit on 20/6/14 by ccseagull
because: added article info