Vancouver Island First Nation declares support for Trudeau’s pipeline decisions, work on reconciliation


Vancouver Island First Nation declares support for Trudeau’s pipeline decisions, work on reconciliation

By Deborah Jaremko

Dec. 2, 2016, 7:09 a.m.


Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) is praising the federal government’s decisions on pipeline development and its work on long-term reconciliation.

HFN, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, released a statement Friday after completing review of the Kinder Morgan approval, Northern Gateway dismissal and oil tanker ban on the province’s north coast.

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“These decisions are never easy,” said Tayii Ha’wilth Tliishin (Head Hereditary Chief Derek Peters).

“Huu-ay-aht respects everyone’s right to their own opinion. That said, it is the responsibility of governments to enable economic development while protecting the environment, in both the short and the long term.”

HFN says that in is view, the Trudeau government is on its way to successfully achieving principled resource development and effective environmental stewardship in a manner consistent with its core traditional values.

“I am happy to see Prime Minister Trudeau and his government being proactive in consulting and working with First Nations,” Tliishin continues.

“I am also happy to see the hereditary and elected leaders of our Nation work together to support our Nation.”

While short-term decisions on projects such as Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway are being made, HFN says work must continue on the longer-term goal of reconciliation, where First Nations will one day co-manage their territories with industry and government as their partners.



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