Following the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway Project on Tuesday, hundreds gathered at Mariner’s Park on Friday evening for a peaceful protest against the oil pipeline project.
People of all ages and cultural backgrounds took part in the rally, many displaying anti-oil signs and wearing First Nation regalia.
The event included a number of speakers, with many stressing the need for unity in order to prevent the project from moving forward. Speakers included Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece and hereditary chief Murray Smith, young Sliammon First Nation environmentalist Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Pansy Collison of the Haida Nation, 2014 Prince Rupert mayoral candidate Lee Brain, as well as a number of others from Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii. The Gitxeen Tsimshian Dancers also performed.
For more on this story look in the June 25 edition of the Northern View.