B.C. First Nation Challenges Federal Approval of Northern Gateway Pipeline
The Gitxaala Nation in northern British Columbia is challenging the Canadian government’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, after the Federal Court of Appeal granted leave for a judicial review.
“The court application argues that the federal Conservative cabinet did not consider the Gitxaala’s aboriginal rights and title in approving the oil pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge,” CBC reported late last month. “We played by Canada’s rules,” said Acting Chief Clarence Innis. “But all of our concerns were ignored.” Under the Northern Gateway plan, Gitxaala lawyer Rosanne Kyle noted that “huge tankers would travel through traditional Gitxaala harvesting territory, which provides 80% of their food.”