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Gitga'at First Nation Completes “Symbolic Blockade” of Douglas Channel In Opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Oil Tankers on the BC Coast
http://www.coastalfirstnations.ca/news-release/june-20-2014-743pm HARTLEY BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA (June 20, 2014) - Members of the Gitga’at First Nation have successfully stretched a crochet “Chain of Hope” across the Douglas Channel as a symbol of their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil tankers project.
A flotilla of boats from the community began the journey at 2pm after inclement weather delayed their launch. Gitga’at women paddled a canoe across the channel in the pouring rain, carrying a giant spool of multicolor crochet wool, interspersed with mementoes and fishing floats with messages written on them.
“The community came together and everyone crocheted, to show our full support for the Gitga'at way of life, to stand up for our coast, the whales, our traditions, our food and for the future Gitga'at that will use our territory for generations to come,” said Jodi Hill, a member of the Gitga'at First Nation and Chain of Hope participant. “We stand today to take care for generations we will never meet, just as our ancestors stood up for us. The crochet line means something to us all now. We won't stand for Enbridge or the government that supports them."
The paddlers laid a crochet chain more than 11,000 feet long from Hawkesbury Island to Hartley Bay.
“This chain is made of wool, but it’s stronger than steel,” said Grand Chief StewartPhillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “First Nations will do whatever it takes to protect our communities from the dangers of oil spills because we have everything to lose. The BC and Canadian governments ignore this message at their own peril.”
Gitga'at territory encompasses
approximately 7,500 square kilometres of land and water, including a major
portion of Douglas Channel, which is the proposed route oil tankers would have
to travel to get to and from Kitimat.
Media Contact: Andrew Frank, 604-367-2112
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