Happy New Year! (And was our December busy!)












Happy New Year to all. . . .

Our social-media traffic soared in December, with big interest in posts that centred on the differences of opinion among elected and hereditary chiefs on the Coastal GasLink natural-gas pipeline, and blockades of the line’s route.

The heavy online activity began with a guest column by our Alliance chair, Chief Dan George, in The Vancouver Sun on Dec. 15.\

“It is time for First Nations governing authorities to work together for the benefit of the members,’ he said. “‘No’ is no longer the only answer. Economic reconciliation is the better way to protect and grow our communities into the future.”

Then came a guest column by our CEO, Karen Ogen-Toews, in the Prince George Citizen on Dec. 22.

In her words: ‘We all lose while we are divided and positional. . . . We must try to find a higher ground to come together.’

On Dec. 19, we issued an Alliance news release: “Gitxaala hereditary and elected chiefs work together for LNG.’ This followed a big Alliance meeting with Gitxaala leaders and elders in Prince Rupert. (LNG Canada also attended.)

Interest in the divisions over the Coastal GasLink pipeline hit a peak when a hereditary chief, Helen Michelle of the Skin Tyee Nation, told APTN that she supports the pipeline and the benefits it will bring to First Nations people. The story (and video) 

Our social-media postings on this story reached 17,325 people, and generated almost 2,000 instances of comment and interaction by readers and viewers.

First Nations rights must be respected

While we focus primarily on BC LNG, we also cover national issues. Such as when AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde told First Ministers that no resource-project permits should be issued without prior involvement and accommodation for First NationsRead it here 

John Alan Jack joins our board

Please welcome our new Alliance board member: John Alan Jack, a councillor of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations on Vancouver Island, and chair of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.











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