City of Prince Rupert Says No to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project

(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation continues to provide updated information for Métis people in British Columbia as the position of Aboriginal communities and various municipalities continues to unfold regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project. On Monday this week another Mayor and Council voted unanimously against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. The City of Prince Rupert becomes the second city to make their public position known joining the city of Terrace who voted two weeks ago against the project.

BC Métis Federation President Henry stated, “The opposition to this project continues to increase each week meanwhile Métis Nation British Columbia, Métis Nation of Alberta and the Métis National Council are co-presenting a Métis economic forum on March 15th and 16th in Grand Prairie. Do these Métis leaders have any real sense of the gravity of this situation and how the vast majority of British Columbians continue to register opposition? The BC Métis Federation questions their positions on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project and how these organizations have arrived to purport to represent Métis people’s interests as supportive. How much money did each organization receive to participate in this Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project forum? ”

President Henry added, “This vote should demonstrate to all Métis people in BC and across Canada that this is not just a fight between Aboriginal communities and Enbridge, it has become a fight for a great number of British Columbians who do not feel the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project is worth the environmental risk. The City of Prince Rupert leaders made a unanimous decision to be clear to the Provincial and Federal governments as well as Enbridge and their constituents about the position.”

President Henry concluded, “The BC Métis Federation is completing our online poll today at midnight to ensure the voice of Métis people throughout BC can be heard on this important matter. MNBC has failed their members on this issue but BC Métis Federation will ensure the voice of the grassroots Métis people can be heard. The BC Métis Federation is proud of the approach we have implemented by facilitating live online discussions, meeting with First Nation leaders, and seeking individual Métis input into the only online Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project poll. Remember this is your last chance to complete the BC Métis Federation online Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines survey that only takes minutes. We have had a strong response and hope to finish as strong by tonight. The BC Métis Federation leaders will be clear with our position regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project in March after your voices are heard. Today is your last chance to complete your survey and let’s send a clear message. Therefore your input to participate in the survey is greatly appreciated.”

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