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March 2012

Gitga'at: Why First Nations Don't Want Enbridge - Video: Spirit Bear Guide Marven Robinson Gets Personal About Enbridge.

February 2012

Gitga'at: You can’t eat oil - The Gitga'at First Nation of Hartley Bay, British Columbia, community lies at the mouth of the Douglas Channel, the narrow channel that super tankers would navigate on their way to Kitimat, to load up with oil sands crude, bound for China. An oil spill in their territory would close their grocery store – the ocean – for hundreds if not thousands of kilometres.

Gitga'at: People singing for their lives in face of Enbridge pipeline threat - Simgaget, sigadimanana. These words recognize the chiefs and matriarchs, in the language of the Gitga’at people. So many chiefs and matriarchs were present, in their button blanket regalia, that they filled up three rows along the end of the gymnasium where they sat for hours, watching over the speakers and the dancers.

Gitga'at: Nation hosts No Tankers Rally in Prince Rupert - Northwest British Columbia caught the nation’s attention on Saturday, February 4, when the Gitga’at Nation hosted “No Tanker” march and rally in Prince Rupert, that over a thousand people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds took part in to show their opposition towards the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

January 2012

Gitga'at: Great Bear Rainforest Youth Paddle - Inspired by extraordinary encounters with elusive white spirit bears, breaching humpback whales and the people of the Great Bear Rainforest, Quest University student Magdalena Angel is determined to take action to try to save this threatened coastline. She is spearheading an ambitious awareness campaign in the form of a youth-led paddle to protest the proposed Enbridge pipeline project. This six-day, 53.4 kilometre paddle is set to take place in June, and will embark from Hartley Bay – home of the Gitga'at First Nations.

Gitga'at: Out of the pipeline and into the tankers - First Nations, guest speakers, musicians, performers, politicians, and environmental advocates from across British Columbia and North America will gather in Prince Rupert on February 4th to join hands with the Gitga'at Nation of Northwestern BC in a united stand against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project (ENGP) and show a united opposition to tankers within BC Coastal waters. The event, hosted by the Gitga'at Nation starts on Feb 4, 2012, 11 am at Mariner's Park with a parade to the Jim Ciccone Civic Center. Registration begins at 9 am in the Civic Centre lobby

Gitga'at: Jack Knox looks at the Enbridge pipeline proposal - With the hearings into the $5.5-billion Enbridge pipeline proposal starting today, Canada's natural resources minister declared Monday that "environmental and other radical groups" are trying to undermine Canada's economy. Marven Robinson is on the band council of the Gitga'at First Nation, whose members include the 200 who live at tiny, isolated Hartley Bay, and who are freaked out by the idea of 225 oil tankers negotiating the narrow waters at their doorstep each year. "That's the crazy thing," Robinson says. "They ask us for our opinion, and then they say that kind of stuff." Those "radicals" getting in the way of progress? It's called democracy and they're called Canadians.


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