VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Some First Nations chiefs are willing to get arrested to stop Enbridge’s proposed pipeline project.
Numerous legal proceedings were filed in appeal court seeking to overturn the federal government’s decision to move forward with the plan.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says he is prepared to go out onto the land itself to oppose activities being brought forward by Enbridge‘s contractors.
“For myself personally it won’t be the first time that I have been arrested in that situation and it won’t be the last time,” he adds.
Phillip says this effort is not about money. It’s about the sea, the environment and indigenous land rights.
“We will stand with our brothers and sisters in the courtrooms, and if necessary we will stand with our brothers and sisters in solidarity on the land itself,” he warns.
Phillip says he’s not taking action in an effort to get a better deal; it’s to protect the integrity of the land and the rights of his people.