Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Saturday Solidarity Rally planned to highlight concerns over Lelu Island

The North Coast Convention Centre
will be the location of a solidarity
rally against development of LNG
on Lelu Island this Saturday
What is being called an Aboriginal Solidarity Rally is set for this Saturday in Prince Rupert with the Lax Kw'alaams First Nation preparing to bring together hereditary chiefs, prominent leaders and community  members from across the Skeena Corridor.

With representation from Gitanyow, Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en First Nations, the event is designed to show the solidarity of the members of the Nine Allied Tsimshian Tribes against the work currently underway by Pacific NorthWest LNG on Flora Bank and Lelu Island.

“This is an important crossroads for our people,” ... “This event brings together all the Aboriginal groups along the river system to demonstrate clearly and physically our solidarity and our commitment to protect our resources for future generations.” -- Lax Kw'alaams Band Mayor Gary Reece, outlining the scope of Saturday's solidarity rally in Prince Rupert.

The Lax Kw'alaams Band
is organizing  Saturday's
Solidarity rally in Prince Rupert
Organizers of Saturday's rally note that the event will bring home the message that Aboriginal groups near the Skeena River system continue to state that the area is not open to any development that they believe would compromise their fisheries ecosystem.

The main focus of Saturday's event  will be one of sending a clear statement that development on Flora Bank and Lelu Island is not negotiable.

The notice of the rally was posted to the Lax Kw'alaams website, as well as through a media release issued on Wednesday afternoon.

Lax Kw'alaams recently commenced a legal challenge for title claim for Flora Bank and Lelu Island.

Saturday's rally will take place from 1 PM to 4 PM at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre on 1st Avenue West.

You can learn more about the proposed LNG terminal for Lelu Island here, while more background on developments from Lax Kw'alaams can be reviewed on our archive page.

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