The community of Moricetown Band is about to sign an agreement with Pacific Trail Pipelines under their First Nations Limited Partnership group. The agreement is set to be signed this weekend in Vancouver.
The reason they want to sign this agreement in Vancouver is because an overwhelming amount of community members showed up at the last community meeting and voiced their opposition to having any pipelines come through our lands.
The agreement gives the Moricetown Band & PTP the rights (via approval from the BC gov’t) to set up a gate at the Unist’ot’en camp and manage traffic coming into this territory.
The community of Moricetown Band has NO JURISDICTION outside of their Indian Reservations. They are puppets and have been oppressed by the Federal Government under the INDIAN ACT since contact. They have suffered severe budgetary cutbacks for many decades now and have been prepped by racist poverty policies into this desperate situation. One of the clauses in the agreement also state that PTP cannot sell their pipeline to any parties interested in transporting Tar Sands Bitumen for 5 years. (READ THAT AGAIN) The Delgamuukw Court case is the reason why government and industry are attempting to consult but they are choosing to consult with parties who they have oppressed into survival mode which is less than what most understand as third world living conditions.
We believe that if they sign this agreement – it will initiate processes within the BC government, the Federal government, and their security forces to move in and attempt enforcing the agreement.
This may lead up to a raid… The plaintiffs in the Supreme Court of Canada’s Delgamuukw Court Case are the Hereditary Chiefs and their members. There is no mention anywhere in that court case that Indian Act Bands have decision making powers.
“We need to have people from all walks of life to come together and stop the LNG pipelines from coming through this sensitive region for the future transport of Tar Sands Butumen. We need everyone to stop this trojan horse that Christy Clark is attempting to sneak onto our backyards” – Freda Huson
FNLP is a business partnership of First Nations.
The 15 First Nations members of FNLP are the Haisla First Nation, Kitselas First Nation, Lax Kw’alaams Band, Lheidli T’enneh Band, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Metlakatla First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, Nak’azdli Band, Nee Tahi Buhn Band, Saik’uz First Nation, Skin Tyee First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation, Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation, West Moberly First Nations and Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
Currently the Moricetown Indian Band is the only elected First Nation Band along the proposed PTP route from Summit Lake to the Bish Cove near Kitimat that is not a member of FNLP.