As Laksamshu Chief of Wet’suwet’en Nation in the Bulkley Valley, there is one question that I think reaches across our communities. What do we value about this place?
From my observation, First Nations and non First Nations have the same answers to this question: clean water, wild salmon runs, and healthy wildlife. There is little that divides us when it comes to enjoyment and love of the local wilderness.
In our current fight, to resist Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline, all hands will be required. As the oil barons pressure local First Nations with their divide-and-conquer tactics, we will need support from outside our First Nations communities. My experience shows me that many local residents share the same fears and concerns for our future as are expressed within our First Nations communities.
We need to view the Northern Gateway proposal as a mutual battle and one that is not left solely to First Nations. My request is that you get active to protect the rivers and land you care about.
We MUST stand together.
Chief Kloum’Khun (Alphonse Gagnon)