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Coal tenures on hold in the Klappan a positive first step

News Release, Ministry of Energy and Mines, December 16 2013

VICTORIA - In keeping with its commitment to work collaboratively with the Tahltan Nation towards a shared vision for land use in the Klappan area of Tahltan territory, government today announced a temporary deferral on any new coal tenures in the Klappan.

First Nations Gain Powerful New Allies in Fight Against Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tankers

News Release, Yinka Dene Alliance, Dec 5 2013

Solidarity Accord aligns First Nations with supporters from across Canadian society ahead of a Joint Review Panel decision on the project

'Never too late to engage' aboriginal groups, says Doug Eyford

Chris Hall, CBC, Dec 5 2013

Doug Eyford reports on engaging with aboriginal groups on resource development

The prime minister’s special envoy on West Coast energy issues says the federal government must take decisive action to engage aboriginal groups opposed to new oil and gas pipelines.

Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

Damien Gillis, CommonSenseCanadian.ca, Sep 23 2013

Fortune Minerals announced Monday it will voluntarily stand down from an escalating conflict with the local Tahltan First Nation. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the standoff over a proposed mine in northwest BC’s Sacred Headwaters region since it began in August, when First Nations elders issued the company an eviction notice, demanding it cease exploratory drilling.

Coal mining protest in B.C. set to erupt

Margo Harper, Globe and Mail, Sep. 20 2013

An increasingly tense standoff between a B.C. First Nation and a London, Ont.-based coal company in a remote mountain valley known as Sacred Headwaters is set to erupt as protesters flaunt their month-long presence on a drilling site and taunt the RCMP to arrest them.

B.C. First Nation renews fight against mining

By Kim Nursall, The Canadian Press, August 16 2013

VANCOUVER – Dozens of First Nations protesters are blockading a proposed open-pit coal mine in a remote area of northwest B.C.

Elders threaten blockade against coal mine in Sacred Headwaters

Anita McPhee, NationTalk.ca, August 16 2013

DEASE LAKE, BC, Aug. 15, 2013 - The Tahltan Central Council acknowledges the frustrations felt by Tahltan people that lead to more than 30 Tahltan Elders and community members to serve a “24 hour eviction notice” to Fortune Minerals on Wednesday night in our territory in northwest B.C.

Envoy to deal with First Nations concerns on pipelines

The Canadian Press, CBC News, Mar 19, 2013

Vancouver lawyer Doug Eyford to submit preliminary report to Harper by June

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named an envoy to deal with aboriginal opposition to resource development in Alberta and British Columbia.

First Nations Group Orders Enbridge Pipeline Off Their Land

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, March 8 2013

Day seven of blockade: Group hopes to slow down the flow of Canadian tar sands oil

Alberta aboriginals oppose B.C. Hydro's Site C dam project; say needs more study

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, March 3, 2013

EDMONTON - Alberta aboriginals are lining up against an energy project deemed crucial to the B.C. economy.

First nations carving out an energy bridge to the B.C. coast

Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Feb 5 2013

CALGARY — For the Canadian energy industry desperate to pump oil and natural gas through British Columbia, the single greatest obstacle has been the dozens of first nations fighting to ensure pipelines are never built.

B.C. First Nations raise red flags over proposed natural gas pipelines

Canadian Press, National Post, Jan 29 2013

Chief Terry Teegee says the projects are at risk because there are no agreements in place for First Nations to assess them

B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters to remain protected from drilling

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Dec. 18 2012

VANCOUVER —Oil and gas development is to be banned from a 400,000-hectare area in northwestern British Columbia known as the Sacred Headwaters, The Globe and Mail has learned.

Agreement brings resolution to gas tenure in Northwest

News Release, Government of BC, December 18, 2012

VICTORIA - Today, the government of British Columbia joined the Tahltan Central Council (TCC) and Shell Canada (Shell) to announce an agreement has been reached to resolve the status of natural-gas tenure in the Klappan area of northwest B.C.

B.C. First Nation members evict pipeline surveyors, set up road block

Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, Nov. 22 2012

Members of a First Nation in northern British Columbia have evicted surveyors working on a natural gas pipeline project from their territory, seized equipment and set up a roadblock against all pipeline activity.

First Nations outraged by B.C. premier's Enbridge pipeline 'sales pitch'

Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun, July 28 2012

VANCOUVER — First Nations opposed to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project are accusing B.C. Premier Christy Clark of selling out British Columbians and putting a price tag on the future of aboriginal people.

Coastal First Nation Pans Provincial Pipeline Stance

By Kai Nagata, TheTyee.ca, July 23 2012

Heiltsuk leaders say BC government's announcement today changes nothing.

Natural resources to define first nations leader’s next term

Gloria Gallowy & Nathan VanderKlippe, Globe and Mail, Jul 13 2012

First Nations group defends power project

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012

A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.

Cash not king when it comes to aboriginals, pipelines

By Barbara Yaffe, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2012

Native groups dispute Enbridge's claim that 60 per cent of first nations along route support project

Money can't buy you love - that's a message several B.C. aboriginal groups sent on Wednesday to proponents of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

In B.C., energy policy becomes a political battleground

JUSTINE HUNTER, Globe and Mail, Jun. 03 2012

VICTORIA — A 30-page technical report containing the B.C. government’s assessment of the proposed Northern Gateway project sits on Environment Minister Terry Lake’s desk. Still, his government remains silent on the plan to build a pipeline across northern B.C. to get Alberta oil to Asian markets.

Bill 49 - Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2012 - Hansard - Second Reading

Hansard, May 30 2012

Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.

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