November 6, 2013
Victoria, BC – British Columbia and Alberta co-released a statement on Tuesday announcing “a framework agreement between the two provinces on moving energy resources to new markets.”
The release states,
“Alberta and BC agree that only through intensive environmental review and protection, enhanced marine safeguards and First Nations support, can projects proceed.”
The BC Green Party asks Premier Christy Clark and the BC government to provide British Columbians clarification on two things. First, what constitutes “First Nations support”? Second, what consultation and meaningful engagement process has been or will be undertaken to determine whether they have achieved “First Nations support?”
First Nations and non-First Nations across the province have repeatedly expressed significant concerns with piping heavy oil across British Columbia and shipping it off the coast. Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has been increasingly critical of the absence of consultation and meaningful engagement with First Nations to date.
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