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June 30, 2009

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Event Galvanizes Opposition to Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

(Moricetown, BC) – Community opposition to the proposed Enbridge pipeline is growing. Over 200 people from communities along the pipeline route gathered Saturday in Moricetown, BC to discuss the impacts of the proposed mega-project.

The 1170-kilometre Enbridge pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to a tanker port at Kitimat.

“This Energy Summit was a reminder that the tar sands affects us all – from Fort Chipewan to Haida Gwaii and beyond. We can only protect our lands and waters if we stand together,” said Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Alphonse Gagnon.

Nations present included Mikisew Cree (AB), Kelly Lake Cree (BC), West Moberly (BC), Nadleh Whut'en (BC), Wet’suwet’en (BC), Kitkatla (BC), Gitga’at (BC), Haida (BC), Nisga’a (BC), Lake Babine (BC), Alexander (AB) and others. A letter of support from the Gitxsan was read at the event.

George Poitras traveled to the event from Fort Chipewan, an Alberta community downstream from the tar sands, to share the devastating impacts the development has had on his community. These include a high incidence of rare cancers.

“The situation downstream from the tar sands is so toxic that one of our elders told his son not to have children because everything is so polluted and our people can no longer drink the water or eat the fish,” said Poitras.

Representatives of coastal First Nations reiterated their strong opposition to oil tanker traffic in coastal waters. “The tycoons expect to further spread the tar sands poison, putting their lavish desires before our lifestyles and our culture,” said Guujaaw, President of the Council of the Haida Nation. “We depend on these lands and waters and we will not put the safety and well being of our territories in their hands.”

MLAs Doug Donaldson (Stikine), Gary Coons (North Coast) and Robin Austin (Skeena) also attended the event. Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) noted the event in the House of Commons on Friday.

Over 500 residents have endorsed a resolution calling for a moratorium on the transport of tar sands oil and a full public inquiry into the proposed pipeline. “We stand together in supporting a moratorium on the transport of tar sands oil through our territories and communities,” reads the resolution.


For more information, contact:
Alphonse Gagnon, Office of the Wet’suwet’en: 250-847-9673 or 250-877-9673 (cell)
George Poitras, Mikisew Cree First Nation: 780-972-0017
Guujaaw, President, Council of the Haida Nation: 604-313-8250


ESRI Press Tutorial for Tribal Government

From the NW Tribal GIS listserve:

As you can see we have begun work on a second more comprehensive publication on the use of GIS within Tribal Government.  This effort is a formal ESRI Press Publication which we hope will result in a lasting educational resource for the use of GIS in Tribal Government.  There are two primary components. 

First, and most importantly, will be a printed publication based on your stories of how GIS is making a difference within your communities.  We hope to structure the chapters around typical Tribal Government business functions such as Realty, Transportation, and Natural Resources but we also hope to highlight less known application areas where GIS can help tribes address challenges such as Health or Economic Development.  

Secondly, ESRI Instructors will author a tutorial following each chapter which will give new and existing tribal GIS users a step by step approach to applying GIS to that application area.  These lessons will be delivered digitally which will allow us to keep them up to date through new software releases and evolving data standards for Tribal GIS.  We feel this approach will result in a lasting educational resource for Tribal GIS and it's our hope you can contribute.   Please keep in mind that multiple tribes will be featured in each chapter so even if you can only contribute a short success story there may still be a way to include your work in the book. Please let me know if you have any questions.

David Gadsden - NW Federal Account Manager
ESRI - Environmental Systems Research Institute
606 Columbia Street NW, Suite 300, Olympia WA
Phone: 360.754.4727 Fax: 360.943.6910
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ESRI Tutorial for Tribal Government

Share Your GIS Story

ESRI and the authors of the 2008 publication Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Policies with GIS are planning a second book to further support the use of GIS by tribal governments. The goal is to provide hands-on lessons on the use of GIS in a variety of tribal government functions, such as transportation, realty, and natural resource management. We hope this effort results in a lasting training resource that will make GIS accessible to a larger audience, particularly youth and tribe members.

ESRI is currently looking for examples of GIS programs that are making a significant difference in support of tribal governments. We'd like to know how you are using GIS to solve problems, meet particular needs, or grapple with management issues.

To have your tribal GIS program considered for this book, simply tell us of your interest in participating. Your expression of interest does not commit you to participate in the book. There will be no requirement for the tribe to share any GIS data that it considers sensitive.

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