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The Gitxsan &

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT)


The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline is proposed to cross (buried underground) ten individual
Gitxsan huwilps lax yip (Delgamuukw, Geel, Gitluudaahlxw, Gwiiyeehl, Yagosip, Kliiyeem Lax Ha, Luutkudziiwus,
Wii Eelast, Wii Mukwilixw, Guutginuuxs) for a total of 120 kms. The length of the proposed underground
pipeline varies on each lax yip depending upon the individual territories.
We are the Simgiigyat whose lax yip will contain the PRGT pipeline if it is built.
All but one wilp participated at the common table. Many efforts were made over almost four years to include
participation from all the Simgiigyat at one table to deal with questions and concerns arising from the proposed
project and to negotiate a benefits agreement. In the absence of this one wilps participation the benefits agreement
has made allowances for that wilp should they choose to sign.
Three other huwilp Simgiigyat were included at the request of the Province of British Columbia as their territories
are within the 2km buffer zone of PRGT. These three Simgiigyat, Mauus, Wosimlaxha, and Gyetmgaldoo, also
sat at the table for the last 3.5 years.
We have each provided our individual consent for the portion of the pipeline that is proposed to cross our individual
lax yip. This decision follows ayookim Gitxsan: that each wilp is autonomous and that only the Simoogit can
provide consent for anyone to cross or use the lax yip.
Ayookim Gitxsan restricts our authority to our lax yip we have no say regarding another wilp lax yip or
another Nations territory; for example, Lelu Island or where the gas extraction occurs. (Lelu is in the territory
of the Lax Kwalaams who voted by a more than 2 to 1 margin to support the proposed PNW LNG terminal.)
Our ayookw provides that those outside our wilp have no say on what happens on our lax yip. This means that
the current blockade in the Suskwa Valley cannot be recognized as it is sponsored, funded, and managed by the
Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition who are trespassing without consent and who seem solely interested in
protecting their sport fisheries.
The undersigned hereditary chiefs have been meeting and evaluating this project for close to four years, and on
behalf of our huwilp have consented that the pipeline can be placed underground on our wilp lax yip for 20 years.
We have each negotiated benefit agreements with PRGT and with the Province of British Columbia that will have
lasting benefits for the Gitxsan.
Over the last four years each Simogyat has, with the assistance of expert and professional advisors, studied this
project, its economic benefit to each of our huwilp and the greater community. As well and most crucially we
have reviewed its environmental impact on each of our lax yip, including effects on the salmon and the way of
life on our traditional territories.

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Yagosip
Wii
Eelast
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Kliiyem
Lax Haa

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Mauus

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Wii Mulgulsxw

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599.1

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HOW WE REACHED OUR DECISION?

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Yagosip

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Luutkudziiwus

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(km)
35.2

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12730'W

12715'W

12715'W

127W

127W

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LEGEND
LEGEND

Proposed
Route Route
Proposed
KP Marker
(25 km)
KP Marker
(25 km)
Community

Community

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Highway
Highway

Gitxsan
Boundary,
Gitxsan
House House
Boundary,
Effective
2015-10-09*
Effective
2015-10-09*

Other Roads
Roads
Other

Municipal
Municipal
Boundary
Boundary

ASKED
EXPERTS
CONSULTED
LEGAL
PROFESSIONALS
LISTENED TO
OUR PEOPLE

Kilometres
0

2.5

SCALE 1:200,000

SCALE 1:200,000

Provincial Park
Provincial Park

COORDINATE SY STE M: NAD 1983 CSRS BC E


NVIRONME NT ALBE
RSM: NAD 1983 CSRS BC E NVIRONME NT ALBE RS
COORDINATE
SY STE
PROJECTION: ALBE RS
PROJECTION: ALBE RS
DATUM: NORTH AMERICAN 1983 CSR S

Protected Area
Protected Area

DATUM: NORTH AMERICAN 1983 CSR S

Indian Reserves

ASKED
QUESTIONS

Before we consented to the pipelines trespass of our territories:

Railway

Railway

Kilometres
0

2.5

Indian Reserves

Rev.

Desc ription

Issued for R eview

Rev.

Date

2016-11-14

DRN

CKD

Desc ription
KL
JA

Issued for R eview

APP
AM

Date

DRN

CKD

APP

Overview Map showing the


GITXSAN
NATION
Lands
with
Overview
Map
showing
the
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2016-11-14
KL
JA
AM
HouseKLBoundaries
showing the Proposed Route
JA
AM
2016-11-15

We held over 45 meetings with PRGT, project opponents, industry experts,


and the provincial government.
*Territorial boundaries are approximations

*Territorial
boundaries are approximations
and subject to verification
by Gitxsan

and subject to verification by Gitxsan

Proposed Route is as of October 2, 2015 (9004)

Proposed Route is as of October 2, 2015 (9004)

Revised KP Table

2016-11-15
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KL

JA

Revised KP Table
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AM
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House Boundaries show

DRAWING
NUMBER

SSEID.:
9004
-

WSP DRAWING NUMBER

1:200,000
DRAWING
NUMBER

SHEET: 1 of 1

004776-08-ML-03-109-B

We visited to see first-hand new gas pipeline installations and gas pipeline
compressor stations in operation.

We have held community meetings to answer questions and to address


concerns.

We conducted a traditional land use study across the directly impacted lax
yip.

We conducted a social-economic impact study for the entire Gitxsan


territory and people.

We hired our own, independent legal, environmental and scientific experts


who took our questions and concerns about impacts on our land, rivers
and streams, the salmon in the Skeena River and wildlife and provided
their own, independent analysis for consideration by both ourselves and
the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).

What many in our community dont remember, or know, is that the Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) pipeline runs
through Telkwa and up past Smithers on its way to Terrace.
It has been in the ground and operating safely since 1968. Our salmon, wildlife and traditions have not been
harmed. But in 1968 First Nations were not consulted. There was no consent. There were no lasting benefits
for the people.
This time we have been consulted. We have had a say. We have negotiated meaningful, lasting benefits with
PRGT and the Province of BC.

SCALE

010042349-000

SSEID.: 9004

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED BENEFITS IN COMING YEARS?


These benefits are for the betterment of life for all Gitxsan.
Approximately 200 jobs will be created for our people in building the project and a work camp, clearing the
bush and trees, working in the camp, and providing safety and security services with other opportunities to
come.
Gitxsan people will be first in line for those jobs.
Our Gitxsan-owned businesses, Lax Yip Forestry, Gitxsan Transportation, Gitxsan Safety Services, and Gitxsan
Environmental Services will all have work on the project. There will be subcontracting opportunities for other
businesses as the project develops that will employ numerous Gitxsan and earn more revenue for our people.
There will be continued training opportunities for our people so that after the pipeline is built they will be able
to work on other projects in our territory or elsewhere.
Even before the PRGT agreement, we have trained 160 participants, 119 of whom have graduated with relevant certifications and 64 who have obtained gainful employment through the Skills & Training program.
Though the PRGT route directly impacts the lax yip of ten of us, the Agreements we have signed with PRGT
and the Province of BC ensure that more than half of the annual revenues flowing from these Agreements will
flow to benefit the Gitxsan communities.
We have set up a Trust, managed by an outside, independent accounting firm, that will establish a Legacy Fund
and distribute the interest earned to the Lax Yip Society. These funds will be used to support community projects and services we have talked about for years. Some potential projects include an assisted living complex for
seniors, the ice arena, and a Chiefs office. We are sure that other deserving ideas and opportunities will come
forward.
We believe that supporting this project and the benefits that will flow from it for years to come will help give us
the certainty our people need to improve daily life for all of us and our children.

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a trenchless method of installing pipe in a number of geotechnical conditions
such as watercrossings. Both banks and the riverbed were not touched during construction.
Above left: West side of river during installation of a pipeline under the Peace River using HDD
Above right: East side of the river crossing during installation.

Timeline of events:

Frequently Asked Questions:

September 2013: PRGT South Central


Route selected. Consultation began.

Will PRGT lead to fracking in Gitxsan


territory?

October 2013: Environmental Assessments


began.

No. PRGT is designed and permitted to carry natural gas


from northeast BC to Prince Rupert. Gas will not be collected
from the Gitxsan territory.

December 2013: Gimlixtwit advising all


Hereditary Chiefs of the proposed project.

Can PRGT be converted to carry oil once it is in


the ground?

January 2014: Skeena Fisheries Commission


Report.
April 2014: Community Meeting &
Presentation of $1 million for Upper Skeena
Recreation Facility.
May 2014: Compressor Station visit
2014-2016: Review of Environment reports,
Fisheries reports, consultation with other
impacted First Nations, meeting with experts
and legal professionals. Negotiation of Benefits
Agreement and Project Agreement.
September 2016: Gitxsan sign Project
Agreement
September 2016: Chiefs call Gimlixtwit
September 2016: Positive CEAA decision
October 2016: Gimlixtwit
TBD: Petronas makes Final Investment
Decision

No. The provincial government has regulations in place that


prevent the conversion of pipelines from gas to oil.
Wont the plant at Lelu Island wipe out Skeena
River salmon?

The proposed terminal is in the territory of the Lax


Kwalaams. We note that the Lax Kwalaams people voted
by a more than 2 to 1 margin to approve the PNW LNG
project. The federal governments approval of the proposal
includes 190 conditions, many of which include steps to
protect salmon.
Wont construction of the pipeline destroy our
natural environment?

The PNG gas pipeline has been in the ground in the area
since 1968 and most people dont know where it goes. Once
the pipe has been laid in the ground the surface will be
restored and plant and animal life will return, just as it did
after the PNG line in 1968.
Where do we find more information to make an
informed decision?

Gitxsan Development Corporation will post the reports for


review at Gitxsanbusiness.com.

Thank you for taking the time to review this publication. We the Simgiigyat have spent 4 years
reviewing this project and all potential impacts it has on our people, traditional practices and lax
yip. We agree this project offers the Gitxsan people strong benefits and opportunities for the future.

Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon), Geel (Catherine Blackstock), Gitluudaahlxw (Alvin Weget),


Gwiiyeehl (Brian Williams), Kliiyeem Lax Ha (John Olson), Luutkudziiwus (Gordon Sebastian),
Yagosip (Bill Turner), Wii Eelast (Jim Angus), Wii Mukwilixw (Art Wilson).

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