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SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
VANCOUVER – A group of British Columbia first nations is asking the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to investigate the actions of the provincial government on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.
The UN envoy will be visiting Canada next week, and the Yinka Dene alliance has asked James Anaya to look into permits issued to pipeline proponent Enbridge for some exploratory work on the project.
The Yinka Dene say the permits for geotechnical drilling and tree removal should not have been granted over First Nations’ opposition.
The pipeline that would link Alberta’s oil sands with the B.C. coast, and tankers bound for markets in Asia, faces staunch opposition from many aboriginal and conservation groups.