(Prince Rupert, BC) BC Métis Federation representatives Vice President Daryl Piper from the Lower Mainland, Director Gloria Rendell from Prince Rupert, and Director Rene Therrien from the Terrace were invited to Prince Rupert by TransCanada Pipeline to attend a community information session.
Several Métis people were in attendance from Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, and the Lower Mainland. The meeting was well received and a dinner was included. All in attendance agreed that a great deal of project information was provided. The majority of questions regarding the TransCanada proposed LNG pipeline project was answered and it was noted the rest of the questions that remain would be answered as soon as possible.
All participants agreed the future meetings would be required to fully understand the full impact of two (2) pipeline projects proposed in the Prince Rupert region by TransCanada.
BC Métis Federation board member Gloria Rendell stated, “This is a good starting point and the discussion needs to continue and all the risks to our environment need to be assessed including an independent traditional land use study.″
BC Métis Federation board member Rene Therrien was quoted as saying, “I will remain cautiously optimistic, however the best interests of our Métis people must be considered and how the pipeline will affect their way of life and are the risks worth the financial reward, if any.″
BC Métis Federation Vice President Daryl Piper concluded, “I remain uncertain and am not convinced of the praises of the pipeline and how everyone will benefit with minimal risks. Once you destroy the environment it takes several decades to recover and this will affect future generations.″
Thank you to TransCanada representatives Aboriginal Relations Karen Andrews and Business Procurement Stewart Mc Gregor for the information.
For more information about the BC Métis Federation please go to www.bcmetis.com.
Keith Henry, President
BC Métis Federation
Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2
Office 1-604-638-7220 Cell 1-778-388-5013
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