The First-Nations Summit Chief’s Council has passed a motion urging the federal government not to continue with its review of the proposed Enbridge Pipelines project.
The Council met in North Vancouver, on Friday. A statement released by the Council says the federal government should not continue with the plan unless it obtains consent from all affected First Nations communities.
The proposed project includes the construction of two pipelines from the Alberta tar sands to a port at Kitimat B.C., where tankers would transport the oil to other countries.
First Nations groups say the federal government has ignored their previous demands and “unilaterally designed and established its review process and Aboriginal consultation process for the pipeline” and say the project would carry high environmental risks.
Meanwhile, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities – at their conference in Whistler – passed two motions against the pipeline plan.
The first motion urges Ottawa to ban bulk crude oil tanker traffic through the Queen Charlotte Sound area. The second simply opposes the Enbridge pipeline.