I just wanted to draw attention to the opposition First Nations in British Columbia are mounting against the Northern Gateway Pipeline.
This pipeline would transport oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia.
The Canadian government and associated corporate interests are pushing the pipeline because it will have “economic benefits”.
There is a huge problem with this.
It will run right through First Nation’s land.
Most of British Columbia is First Nation land. No treaties have been signed.
The only way for the government to aquire rights to FN land is through treaties. And under international law only sovereign nations can make treaties.
As a non-Native here are the two analogies I come up with for what is happening:
1. The U.S. puts a pipeline through Canadian territory without consent. Canadians should accept this because there are “economic benefits.”
2. A company puts a pipeline on a homeowner’s front lawn without consent. The homeowner should be grateful because there will be “economic benefits”.
The images for this post were taken by my colleague Charles Menzies who was at the recent Prince Rupert demonstration.