Council of Canadians organizer Brigette DePape at the Lax Kw’alaams resistance camp at Lax U'u'la, November 2015.
When the Trudeau government approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG project yesterday, federal environment minister Catherine McKenna stated, "Indigenous Peoples were meaningfully consulted, and where appropriate, impacts on their rights and interests were accommodated." She did not comment on their right to "consent" as guaranteed under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, recently endorsed by the federal government.
The LNG terminal would be located on Lax U'u'la (Lelu Island) on Lax Kw’alaams First Nation territory.
After the announcement, Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Yahaan commented, "I think Mr. Trudeau made the biggest mistake of his career ... he's not as straightforward of a guy as everyone perceived him to be. We're trying to protect something here that belongs to the people of Canada."