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FortSmithHayRiverWEATHERYellowknifeInuvik4TuesdayApril292014TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChatehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMacKayFortMcMurrayFortVermilionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrairieHytheJohndOrPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatiDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverKakisaLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesPaulatukSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekweetiWhatiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMorinvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2013CCNABLUERIBBONCANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2013CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21donnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter..............................MariaChurch867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.15salesnorj.caAdministration................JeremyTurcotte867-872-3000ext.26adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caAnnaSierra867-872-3000ext.20designnorj.caWeeklyNormsHigh8CLow-3CWeeklyNormsHigh6CLow-5CWeeklyNormsHigh9CLow2CWeeklyNormsHigh11CLow-2CEDITORIALDidyouhearthatlastweekChiefShar-leenGaleoftheFortNelsonFirstNa-tionstooduptotheBCgovernmentandservednoticethattheambitiousplansforanewliqueednaturalgasLNGexportindustryareatriskunlesstheychangetheirwaysAtaFirstNationshostedconferenceinFortNelsonlastweekintendingtofostergoodwilloverplannedLNGdevel-opmentsbetweenrepresentativesfrombothgovernmentandindustryChiefGaledramaticallyaskedgovernmentcontin-genttoleave.Ithadbeenrevealedthatafewdaysearlierthefrackingindustryhadbeengivenanexemptionfromthenormalenvironmentalassessmentpro-cessbycabinetthroughasecretorderincouncil.Thegovernmentrepresen-tativesneglectedtomentionthatwhentheyconferredwithFirstNationsinplan-ningtheLNGconference.BCPremierChristyClarksplansforgasexportstoChinaandJapanincludeexploitingthegas-richshalethatisplen-tifulinthenortheasterncorneroftheprovincewithhundredsmorefrackedgaswells.SeveralpipelineswouldmovethegastothecoastwhereanumberofmultinationalcorporationsincludingChinesestateenergygiantCNOOCarelookingatbuildingnewLNGprocess-ingterminals.Irespectfullyaskgovernmenttopleaseremoveyourselffromtheroom.ImgoingtoaskindustrytostaysaidanangryChiefGale.DrummersonstagewiththechiefchantedastheydrummedtheBCgovernmentofcialsoutoftheroom.ChiefGalestoodatthepodiumholdinganeaglefeatheraboveherhead.Stunnedthelargegovernmentcontingentshufedslowlyoutofthehall.ChiefGalethenlecturedtheindustryEaglefeatherstallstrilliondollarindustryrepresentativestellingthemiftheywantedtoextractwealthfromFirstNationslandtheyarerequiredtorespectthewishesanddirectionofFirstNationsgovern-ments.Shesaidthatistheonlywayanydevelopmentwillbeallowedtoproceed.Shethenaskedthemtoleavethemeet-ingaswell.ReactionfromFirstNationsacrosstheprovincewasswift.ChiefStewartPhillipoftheUnionofBCIndianChiefssaidInastunninglystupidmovetheprovincehaseffectivelydeclaredwaronallBCFirstNationsandjeopardizedallLNGdiscussionsthroughouttheentireprov-inceofBC.LaterthatdaytheBCcabinetdidanabout-faceandreverseditsorderincouncil.Theenvironmentministeris-suedanapologeticstatementsayingtheyarecommittedtoastrongre-spectfulandproductiverelationshipwithFirstNations.ThetacticsofsecretapprovalsforlargeindustrialprojectsseemtobecommonpracticeforthecurrentBCgovernment.InMarchtheprovincialministryofEnergyandMinessecretlyapprovedapermitamendmentallow-ingTexadaQuarriestoexpanditscoal-handlingoperationsalmosttwenty-foldatPowellRivernorthofVancouver.Itwouldbecomethenaltransferpointforupto8milliontonnesannuallyofAsia-boundUSthermalcoalshippedfromWyoming.TheapprovaltookplacewithoutinforminglocalFirstNationsortheregionalgovernment.Therewasnopublicconsultation.Localresidentsareconcernedthatsomeofthecoalwhichcontainshighamountsofarse-nicoftengetsspilledintothewater.TheShshlhSecheltFirstNationsaysitispreparedtoformablockadetokeepcoalshipsfrompassingthroughitsterritory.FollowingthemeetinginFortNelsonsuchhard-lineactionswilllikelybemorecommon.ChiefGaleisnotyourtypicalradicalbutbehindhercharmandinfectioussmilethe33year-oldleaderisobvi-ouslyapersonofconvictionwillingtostandupforwhatshebelieves.Shewasnotthersttouseaneaglefeatherwhensendingadeantmessage.ElijahHarpertheformerManitobaMLAandMPwhopassedawaylastyearwasakeygureinthe1990defeatoftheMeechLakeAccordthen-PrimeMinisterBrianMulroneysstrategytoconvinceQuebectobeawillingpartnerinCon-federation.Harperfamouslyraisedaneaglefeatherwhenhecastthedissent-ingvoteintheManitobalegislaturethatkilledtheinitiative.IthadbeensignedbythePrimeMinisterandallprovincialrstministersdubbedthe11meninsuitsincludingtheQuebecpremier.ThedealwouldhaveembracedQue-becasadistinctsociety.HarpersaidFirstNationshadnotbeenconsultedintheprocessandrefusedtosupportit.OnemanwieldinganeaglefeatherasasymbolofpowerandspiritchangedthefateofCanada.LNGisalreadythenextbigthing.TheNWTPowerCorp.planstouseittodisplacefueloiltogeneratepowerinmanyNortherncommunities-sourcedfromBCandhaulednorthbytruck.BCPremierChristyClarksbigplanstoex-portittoChinaandJapanareprojectingatrilliondollarindustrythatwouldbringmuchneededeconomicprosperityandjobstoBCgeneratewealthforinvestorsandpayoffthemassiveprovincialdebt.Itseemsthepowerofaneaglefeathermaystandintheway.PhotosMariaChurchRiaColemanleftholdsupamaskshemadeduringamaskmakingworkshopinFortSmithlastweekwhileprofessorofmasketryandworkshopinstructorDouglasWitttrieshisownonforsize.TheFortSmithmasketeerswerehardatworkfashioningtheirpapermachetefacesduringthetwo-dayworkshopputonbytheAuroraArtsSociety.