Re: Article on Eagle Spirits oil pipeline controversy in the Lakes District newspaper.
We want to provide feedback to the article noted above on the division it portrays in the article between the Lake Babine Nation, Burns Lake Band and the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
The article is correct that the Lake Babine Nation and Wet’suwet’en First Nation are not engaging with Enbridge or Eagle Spirit pipeline proposals. However, we do respect each respective nations desire to engage with these said pipelines. Each nation has their own internal processes and we do not interfere as neighbouring nations. In fact, the three nations have a very good and respectful working relationship as we have other initiatives that we collaborate and partner on such as the Chinook Comfor board and the Native Development Corporation to name a few.
We disagree how the Lakes District News article is perceived, or is leading the public to believe we are at odds with one another by using statements stated by Wes Sam ” as he fired back.” This depicts a feud of some sort which is not the case with these three nations.
We want the community of Burns Lake and surrounding communities to know that these three nations have their own processes within the community and are unified on different initiatives, and the we do have a good working relationship.
Should you wish to speak directly to the leadership or the undersigned please do so.
Wet’suwet’en First Nation / Chief Karen Ogen
Burns Lake Band / Chief Dan George
Lake Babine Nation / Chief Wilf Adam