From the Yinka Dene Alliance
Wow! Yesterday we sent you an email asking you to send a letter to Enbridge on the day of their Annual General Meeting to support the Yinka Dene Alliance in our rejection of the company’s Northern Gateway oil pipelines and tankers project, and the response has been amazing. Our goal was to get 1,000 letters to Enbridge by the end of the week, and we are already at over 2,000 letters!
Yinka Dene Alliance member Jasmine Thomas attended the Annual General Meeting, and here is just a snippet of what she had to say to Enbridge’s board and shareholders:
“I come from Saik’uz which is located in the heart of BC. Our community is affiliated with the Yinka Dene Alliance and we are a coalition of First Nations opposed to Northern Gateway who have never signed any treaties or have settled land claim agreements with Canada or the province…
“We will continue to uphold our legal ban against this project and will assert our Aboriginal rights and title to the fullest extent possible. Whether Canada, or your company, decide to move forward with this pipe dream despite all opposition, thousands of Canadians have committed to hold the wall with us….
“So my question to you Mr. Monaco, and your board is:
“Will Enbridge walk away from this doomed project, and if not, is Enbridge prepared to come to our communities, look our people in the eyes, and say face-to-face that Enbridge does not believe our nations have the authority to say NO to its unwanted project in our own unceded territories?””
Thank you so much for adding your voice to ours – year after year we have been showing up to Enbridge’s annual meeting of shareholders to let them know, again and again, that this project will never be built.
Geraldine Thomas-Flurer, Yinka Dene Alliance Coordinator
P.S. Another reminder to please join us on May 10th! People are stepping up from coast-to-coast-to-coast to defend our communities from tar sands projects and call for a just, safe and clean energy future. Find an event in your community: http://www.defendourclimate.ca/events/
or join the Yinka Dene Alliance in Prince George, BC. www.holdthewall.ca