Correction; Oil Sands: The Dene Nation Announces Support of BC First Nations Opposition to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:14am EDT

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WIRE) --
A Correction is issued with respect to the release issued earlier today
at 9:00 AM ET. In the first paragraph, "Yinka Deneerent" has been changed
to "Yinka Dene", and the corrected release follows.

    First Nations opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway
pipeline has gained a powerful new ally in the Dene Nation. The
thirty-five Chiefs of Denendeh, stretching from northern Alberta through
the entire Northwest Territories, passed a resolution supporting British
Columbia's Yinka Dene (a completely different Carrier nation) in their
opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline at the 41st
Annual Dene National Assembly last week in Fort Providence, NWT.

    "This resolution is an expression of our solidarity with the Yinka Dene
Alliance, and an expression of our support for their right to have
decision- making power over developments on their land," said Dene
National Chief Bill Erasmus. "More than 50 per cent of the proposed
Enbridge pipeline and tanker route passes through the territories of
First Nations that have banned this development according to their
traditional laws. These Nations now have the support of Dene from
northern Alberta to the Arctic coast."

    The proposed pipeline is also a direct concern for members of the Dene
Nation and communities in Denendeh, the Northwest Territories, who are
feeling the effects of tar sands expansion.

    "We know this pipeline will enable further development of Alberta's
destructive tar sands projects, which are contaminating the waters of
Denendeh, and which are a growing source of greenhouse gas pollution
responsible for the climate changes that are impacting our communities,
cultures, and ways of life," Erasmus said. "We are also concerned about
the potential for a spill from this pipeline, which would run through the
headwaters of the Mackenzie River watershed. We are currently
experiencing the impacts of an oil spill from Enbridge's Norman Wells
pipeline in the Deh Cho region. The company failed to detect this
estimated 63,000 gallon spill, which was ultimately discovered by Dene

    "With over 100 pipeline spills and accidents recorded in Canada over the
past two years there is only one thing to say about pipelines; they will
spill," Erasmus said.

    The Dene Nation is the national organization representing all Dene, from
northern Alberta to the Gwich'in regions in northern Northwest
Territories. The Dene Nation is mandated to retain sovereignty by
strengthening the Dene spiritual beliefs and cultural values in Denendeh.

Dene Nation
Barret Lenoir
Dene National Office
(867) 873-4081

Dene Nation
Daniel T'seleie
Director, Lands & Environment
(867) 444-0509

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