Mayor John Helin and Lax Kw’alaams Council welcomes a decision reached by the federal senate transportation committee on a proposed oil tanker ban in northern British Columbia.
Bill C-48 would essentially prohibit oil tankers from entering northern B.C. waters, unfairly targeting communities such as Lax Kw’alaams that are seeking opportunities to capitalize on potential natural resource development.
“The senate’s decision is a victory for Lax Kw’alaams and all Indigenous communities looking to generate economic opportunities and build better lives for members,” says Mayor Helin, who recently travelled to Ottawa to attend a senate transportation committee meeting regarding Bill C-48.
“Lax Kw’alaams does not appreciate governments imposing their position on us, as was done in this situation. True reconciliation means something. Self-determination means something. And imposing moratoriums without consulting those affected goes against these principles.”
A formal senate vote that would stop Bill C-48 is expected in the coming days.