January 6, 2014
Canada's largest union opposes North Gateway
Prior to the conditional approval granted by the National Energy Board, Canada's largest private-sector union signed the Save the Fraser Declaration, which opposes the construction of the proposed $ 5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline project.
“Unifor is proud to stand in solidarity with First Nations as they resist the Enbridge Northern Gateway project,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor area director for B.C.
“It’s time for a new vision for Canada’s energy industry – one that addresses the reality of Aboriginal title and rights, respects our social and environmental commitments, and generates lasting wealth for all who live here.”
Unifor’s involvement with the declaration was part of the launch of the new Solidarity Accord on Dec. 5, which includes the BC Teachers’ Federation, the B.C. Wilderness Tourism Association, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the David Suzuki Foundation.
The Save the Fraser Declaration is an indigenous law banning oilsands pipelines and tankers from crossing B.C.
It was signed on Dec. 1, 2010 by representatives of more than 61 First Nations.
Initially, the declaration was used to fight Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline by banning oil pipelines throughout the Fraser River watershed.
It also prohibits oil tankers in the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon.
Over the last few years, this objective has been expanded to ban all oilsands crude oil exports on the coast and more than 130 First Nations have signed on to the declaration.
Unifor is a merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, which has more than 300,000 members across the country.
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