Friday, 22 September 2017 14:02

Tribes of Lax Kw'alaams issue declaration on Moratorium and Great Bear Rain Forest

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The Hereditary Chiefs' Council of Lax Kw'alaams has issued a declaration out of frustration for not being consulted on the establishment of the Great Bear Rainforest or the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, Bill C-48.  Nine tribes are concerned that these decisions will have significant impacts on their members' ability to eke out a living and precludes the leadership from selecting balanced holistic options in the productive use of their traditional territories.  The declaration goes as far as rejecting the interference of outside environmental NGOs (especially those foreign-based) who appear to be dictating government policy within their traditional territory.  The Council intend to protect their inherent rights by exercising the full authority of indigenous, Canadian, and international law.

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