“For many reasons we do not wish to see Enbridge oil line across the lands o waters and habitat tosheries. What I’m talking about here, in the watershed here is all the spawning habitats going on rightnow. I make my living o sheries, as we said back then. Now, some o these are some o the reasonsthat get our tribe worried, concerned. Te oil tankers on the coast have much risk. We have all the risk.I’ll just go -- some o the examples, just since January 12th, the ood chain that has happened already.It’s one o the major things that has happened already. Since you were here starting February 1st, theeulachon run had come all up and down the coast. Ours was February 21st, it ran or a month. Tat oneis done. Te herring spawn has just nished just about a month ago. Tere’s still -- there’s some o theherring spawn down the coast by Gomas (ph) and down Lax Kw’alaams way; that is still there yet. Andthis weekend and or the past two weeks, we’re engaged in harvest -- seaweed harvest. And that’s thesea prunes -- you remember what I was talking about, and the abalone goes around there, too, and allthe other things in that habitat. Tat’s what’s happening right now. And the clams that were going onwhen you were here in January 12th; the salmon is just about coming in. So these are just some o theconcerns that as our tribe -- some o the acts that we’re concerned about at the risk here, absorbing allthe risk that they’re going to possibly harm all this.
– Chief Don Roberts, Kitsumkalum Band
“I am rom Scotland, and or a time lived beside a salmon river, the River Dee. Te River Dee runs -- thevalley the River Dee runs through is known as Royal Dee Side, as Balmoral Castle is in the valley. TeDee rises in the Cairngorm Mountains and ows out to the North Sea through Aberdeen. Te RiverDee is not as prolic a salmon river as the Skeena, but it is also internationally amous or salmonshing. o sh on the Dee, you pay per rod per day, and it is expensive. Te Dee is divided into stretchesor beats, and these are privately owned. I distinctly remember in the 1960s beats being sold or sixgures, pounds, mind you, or only a ew miles. Here we have the Skeena, also a world-renownedsalmon shing river, with a dierent type o splendour, a rugged splendour. And apart rom a shinglicence, you are ree to sh the length o the river in season. No one in their right mind would considerrunning pipelines as the proposed Northern Gateway through or beside the River Dee, yet here we areconsidering just that very thing or the Skeena and her tributaries.”
– Ken Beddie
Joint Review Panel HearingsTerrace, B.C. May 7-9, 2012
Te National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) community hearings began inerrace on May 7, 2012. In an attempt to provide you with a sense of what is beingsaid at these hearings, we have selected excerpts from some of those presentationsand will continue to do so through to the end of the hearings in July. For those of youwishing to read the complete text of a statement, it is available on the JRP website:gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/hrng-eng.html