On August 23rd, 2010, Enbridge was given their final warning of their trespass into Wet’suwet’en Territories with their proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project. Their proposed right of way is from Bruderheim Alberta to Kitimat BC through unceded occupied territories. The trespass notice was issued by Toghestiy and Hagwilakw of the Likhts’amisyu Clan. This is due to the fact that the Enbridge Inc, National Energy Board and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s attempts to minimize the story of that time of the Kalamazoo River bitumenl spill in 2010. The Enbridge employees were reporting to the Town of Smithers council and members in the audience of their work to ‘clean up’ their mess in Michigan. In December 2009, at the Enbridge Community Advisory Board meeting in Smithers BC, Toghestiy gave a verbal warning of their trespass. This is due to the fact that Enbridge is attempting to infiltrate the territories with what they deem as National Energy Board’s jurisdiction over Energy projects. This ethnocentric and centralized form of governance from Ottawa claims to have jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en Territories, regardless of the peoples’ understanding that we are unceded and occupied by bc and canada.
Currently, the Joint Review Panel and Community Advisory Boards have dates scheduled to consult with community members in the Wet’suwet’en Territories even though Enbridge was warned with a final notice of trespass. On January 16, 2012, Enbridge Inc, the National Energy Board, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency claims to have access to Wet’suwet’en Territories by hosting what they call Oral Hearings to support their claim to jurisdiction and Joint Review Panel Process. The Grassroots Wet’suwet’en know better than to participate in a process that disregards their assertion of the Wet’suwet’en and Natural Laws.
The Joint Review Panel will not be the determining factor in the decision making process of the proposed project to lay pipelines through the Wet’suwet’en Territories. The Grassroots Wet’suwet’en already gave their clear answer of ‘NO’ and there isn’t any other way to say it. All there is left to do is to physically stop them from constructing a right of way and laying pipelines.
For another take on this story, please click the following link to Tyler McCreary’s story in rabble.ca