First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby Pete Podoski » Dec 10th, 2018, 8:36 am

First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.’s coast

JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 7, 2018


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Calvin Helin, President and Chairman of Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings Ltd., poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday May 1, 2018.

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Several Indigenous groups across Western Canada are backing a First Nations-led pipeline proposal that has received the endorsement of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and which they say would serve as an alternative to the imperilled Trans Mountain expansion.

However, a federal law making its way through the Senate would legislate a ban on oil-tanker traffic off of British Columbia’s North Coast and would quash their hopes for future development. Such a law, they argue, would be a violation of their Indigenous rights.


The clashing interests of First Nations looking at pipelines as an economic lifeline while other Indigenous groups oppose tanker traffic on environmental grounds will leave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau facing a dilemma before next year’s federal election. The proposed tanker ban has already raised the ire of political leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Calvin Helin is the president of Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings. His company is eyeing an energy corridor across British Columbia’s north where he says he has secured 100-per-cent backing from local chiefs. Mr. Helin’s proposal turns the usual pipeline process on its head: First he designed the pipeline project over three years of talks with 35 local chiefs, and only after obtaining their consent has he started looking for the money to make the dream a reality. He wouldn’t disclose whether he had secured any funding arrangements.

“You can’t build a project like this without the First Nations on side, even our so-called reconciliation Prime Minister is learning that with Trans Mountain,” Mr. Helin told The Globe and Mail. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., is stalled after a court ruling said, among other things, that consultation with First Nations communities was insufficient.

The route for the $12-billion Eagle Spirit pipeline would link Fort McMurray, Alta., with a new export terminal about 30 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, B.C. Built near Mr. Helin’s home of the Lax Kw’alaams band, the terminal would be only a few kilometres from the Alaska border. It faces many hurdles, including the challenge of selling the idea in Alberta’s oil patch, a lack of financing and the likely opposition of other Indigenous bands that resolutely opposed Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project which would have had its terminus 260 kilometres further south.

But the tanker ban, also known as Bill C-48, would make the project impossible.

Ms. Notley has called on the federal government to cancel the tanker ban and amend another piece of legislation, Bill C-69, which overhauls the regulatory process behind pipeline approvals. She has cited the Eagle Spirit pipeline as an example of the projects that would be killed by the legislation.

“The federal government is telling First Nations to park their plans and park their economic ambitions. Really, is that the message we want to send?” she said in late November in Ottawa.

The Premier has stepped up her opposition to the tanker ban in recent weeks as Alberta has faced an economic crisis due to the widening gap between the price of Canadian oil and benchmark international oil prices.

Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom from the Woodland Cree First Nation said the tanker ban would kill his community’s economic ambitions. He said his people feel that as a sovereign nation, they should be allowed to proceed responsibly with the few opportunities they are presented with.

“There hasn’t been real consultation. You have opposition from First Nations, industry and politicians, basically across-the-board. How did it get this far? There is something flawed with this. There’s some form of prejudice here or a premeditated agenda that isn’t being acknowledged,” he said.

“I want to see our environmental standards improved, even from what they are today. But to improve environmental standards doesn’t mean we need to kill all our economic opportunities. We just need to be more innovative.”

According to Mr. Helin and Chief Laboucan-Avirom, a number of First Nations will file complaints under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples if the tanker ban becomes law.

Supported by Mr. Trudeau, the UN document says national governments should not curtail the development of First Nations. Chief Laboucan-Avirom plans to travel to Ottawa next week with a dozen more chiefs to present their concerns to the federal government.


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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby The Green Barbarian » Dec 10th, 2018, 11:06 am

Finally, something from the UN that isn't pure insanity! I wish these FN people all the best and good luck.
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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby rustled » Dec 10th, 2018, 12:51 pm

I think we'll find the JT's adherence to UN directives is a matter of convenience only. Political convenience for himself, his party and his pet agendas. Much like his adherence to the zero tolerance code of conduct he adhered to until it became inconvenient for him, personally.

Let's see if he does the right thing here.

Good on the FN involved with this initiative. I hope they're successful.

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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby Jx3 » Dec 10th, 2018, 12:56 pm

rustled wrote:Let's see if he does the right thing here.


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Don't count on it!

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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby Pete Podoski » Dec 11th, 2018, 8:12 am

Trudeau will kick this can down the road, way past October 2019.

I just hope Mr. Helin and his group make this a damned if you do, damned if you don't issue for Chief Walking Eagle ( https://www.urbandictionary.com/define. ... ng%20Eagle ) before the election.


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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby Gone_Fishin » Dec 12th, 2018, 5:35 am

Pete Podoski wrote: so-called reconciliation Prime Minister


That FN vote Trudeau was counting on is slipping away. Because it's 2019.
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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby Gone_Fishin » Dec 15th, 2018, 9:56 am

I think Trudeau just wants to keep First Nations folks in poverty, dependent upon him and the state, for the votes he can manipulate with his string of broken promises. If First Nations were allowed by the Trudeau Liberals to actually flourish, Trudeau would lose his "control" over them. It's the same conundrum Calvin Helin discusses in his book, Dances with Dependency about how some FN chiefs do the same as Trudeau.


Pro-pipeline First Nations spar with environmental activists over 'devastating' tanker ban bill

Pipeline backer claims competing First Nations group is funded by U.S.-based green lobby

John Paul Tasker · CBC News · Posted: Dec 11, 2018 3:21 PM ET | Last Updated: December 11


First Nations chiefs and leaders who say they represent over 200 Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta are fighting back against the federal government's plan to ban all oil tanker traffic off the coast of northern B.C., calling it an "attack" on the energy industry that will impoverish remote First Nations.

Chief Roy Jones Jr. of the National Coalition of Chiefs, a group that supports energy projects as a solution to rampant poverty on First Nations reserves, said the federal Liberal government is "arbitrarily denying Indigenous communities ... investments" by curtailing development through the northern reaches of the province.

"We're trying to lessen our dependency on federal [welfare] dollars. Bill C-48 will just set us back," Jones said.

Calvin Helin, a member of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation near Prince Rupert, B.C. and an executive with the Eagle Spirit pipeline project, said "elites" from Central Canada are ignoring the pleas of pro-pipeline Indigenous communities who see this sort of development as a solution to unemployment rates as high as 80 per cent, and living standards on a par with sub-Saharan Africa.

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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby the truth » Dec 15th, 2018, 12:24 pm

Pete Podoski wrote:Trudeau will kick this can down the road, way past October 2019.

I just hope Mr. Helin and his group make this a damned if you do, damned if you don't issue for Chief Walking Eagle ( https://www.urbandictionary.com/define. ... ng%20Eagle ) before the election.


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how the hell is jt dressed up like this not racist :200:
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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby OKkayak » Dec 15th, 2018, 12:28 pm

the truth wrote:
how the hell is jt dressed up like this not racist :200:

Ummm, because it was given and put on him by the Tsuut'ina Tribe.

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Re: First Nations lobbying for lift on tanker ban off B.C.

Postby the truth » Dec 15th, 2018, 12:30 pm

what a disgrace to their ancestors
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Postby dogspoiler » Dec 18th, 2018, 7:52 am

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