Environmental Law Alert Blog: Carrying forward lessons from Northern Gateway

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Understandably, those opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project have not been in a mood to celebrate this past week. At the same time as the Prime Minister announced the federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan (and the Enbridge Line 3 project), he confirmed something that most people already knew ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Yinka Dene Alliance kick off Day 2 of the Enbridge hearing

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Day 2: Another inspired and spirited day at the Enbridge Hearing! The courtroom was jam-packed all day as lawyers for the Nak’azdli, Nadleh Whut’en, Gitga’at and Gitxaała Nations presented their arguments. This wrapped up the submissions from the eight First Nations applicants. Next Monday, October 5th, four environmental organizations and a ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Report from an All Clans Gathering: Why Ignoring Indigenous Laws on the Enbridge Pipeline is Risky Business

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 On April 11, 2014, the Yinka Dene Alliance (“YDA”) held an All Clans Gathering in Nak’azdli (adjacent to Fort St. James) in order for their leaders and elders to issue reasons for the rejection of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in a gathering according to their laws. I was grateful to ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: First Nations warn Enbridge against trespass as BC moves to grant preliminary work permits

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 The Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA), composed of six Carrier Sekani First Nations, is ramping up the enforcement of its own laws in the face of Enbridge’s efforts to begin preliminary work in YDA traditional territories to prepare for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.  Meanwhile, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: First Nations and BC Mayors stand together against threat of oil tankers and pipelines

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 In December 2010, representatives of sixty-one Indigenous nations came together in an historic alliance to protect the Fraser watershed and our coastal waters from the threat of oil spills.The result was the Save the Fraser Declaration, which bans tar sands projects, like the Enbridge pipeline and tankers project, from impacted First ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Freedom Train 2012 Taking Enbridge opposition Canada-wide

Thursday, May 17, 2012 The cross-Canada railway has always been a powerful symbol. Over the years it has been celebrated as a “nation-building” exercise by some, while it is remembered as a source of deep injustice by others. Chinese and Indigenous labourers worked to build the tracks in dangerous conditions inferior to those of white ...

Paul S. Graham: Video: Ta’Kaiya Blaney and her anthem for those who love the Earth

Winnipeg, May 4, 2012: Ta’Kaiya Blaney speaking at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg about the need to oppose the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline Project. Photo: Paul S. Graham One of the youngest passengers on the Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train is Ta’Kaiya Blaney, 11, of Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia. I don’t ...

Paul S. Graham: Video: Yinka Dene Alliance Freedom Train Winnipeg News Conference

Winnipeg, May 4, 2012: Hereditary Chief Tsodih of the Nak’azdli First Nation speaking at a news conference at Circle of Life Thunderbird House. Photo: Paul S. Graham The Yinka Dene Alliance is on a cross country mission to tell Canadians why they have decided to refuse the construction of the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline across their ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Headlines, Pipelines and Time Spent on the Front Lines

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Reflections of two legal interns from Australia As part of our internship with West Coast Environmental Law, we recently travelled with staff counsel to some of the Northern BC communities that would be affected by the proposed Enbridge pipelines and supertankers project,  to the community hearings being currently being held by ...