Today at 14:00 as I sat carving, inside my soul I heard a cry, nothing like I heard before, do the baby salmon cry, does mother earth cry, are my ancestors crying? WHY? WHY? WHY DO THEY DESTROY OUR FOOD BOXES, all my younger life, my father taught me about how these salmon made our nation strong, to survive over 13,000 years.
Even though we do not want the billions and have said NO, they
are there with their laws and paid enforcement. Now there are 2 drilling
rigs there, people just turn their heads the other way, pretending it
will go away.
My father Edward would never let this happen, him + his
generation fought for so many rights, FOR WHAT? I have never cried so
hard, thinking of the times, when he told me that just one set + the
quota for salmon was full for the day. he told me about the areas and
what was needed to protect the young salmon so they could be able to
make the great journey away and back again, to start the next cycle.
this does not stop (drilling) there will be no more cycles of salmon,
the food box will be broken + empty. Please I ask you with my Tsimshian
heart, to help, not for me, no for any humans, but for all the sea life
and animals which also depend on Flora banks.
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The Skeena River estuary is a unique system in that it does not have a
single distinct intertidal delta typical of most estuary systems.
Instead, deposited sediments form a region of extensive mudflats and
shallow, intertidal passages around DeHorsey Island, through Inverness
Passage, and between Kitson Island and Lelu Island.
These mudflats and intertidal areas have been identified by the North
Coast Wetlands Program as important migratory/wintering waterfowl
habitat. Several rare species, including the red-listed western grebe
and the blue-listed trumpeter swan, brant, oldsquaw and great blue heron
have all been recorded in the wetlands. A Department of Fisheries and
Oceans fisheries habitat study identified Inverness Passage, Flora Bank,
and DeHorsey Passage, in that order, as critical habitats for Skeena
River juvenile salmon, as well as important eulachon habitat. Read more
The terminal and its pipeline has been viewed as a leading project in
the Christy Clark-led Liberal government’s efforts to start a new
natural gas export industry to Asia.
The $36-billion project — by Malaysian state-controlled Petronas —
has been approved by the province but is mired in a federal review that
stalled because of concerns over the project’s effects on Flora Bank.
Earlier this year, the Lax Kw’alaams rejected a $1.15-billion
benefits package from the company and B.C. government over similar
Some facts from biologists:
In the early 1970s, two proposals were advanced for the development of
major port facilities in Prince Rupert, one of which would have
substantially impacted Flora Bank.
In their 1973 technical report, A Biological Assessment of Fish Utilization of the Skeena River Estuary with Special Reference to Port Development
biologists RJ Higgins and WJ Schouwenburg concluded that "the shallow
estuarine areas between Porpoise Channel and the mouth of the Skeena
River are of high biological significance as a fish (especially juvenile
salmon) rearing habitat.
Inverness Passage, Flora Bank [one of the most
significant eelgrass beds in the province] and De Horsey Bank, in that
order, are habitats of critical importance for the rearing of juvenile
salmon. The construction of a superport at the Kitson Island - Flora
Bank site would destroy much of this critical salmon habitat."
Forty years later, the proposed site of the Pacific NorthWest LNG
Project occupies almost the same marine and terrestrial area that was
deemed vital to fisheries in 1973. The main adjustment has been the
relocation of the jetty terminal to the north edge of Flora Bank, rather
than cutting across the centre of it. However, the proximity of the
proposed industrial operations to this habitat would irrevocably alter
site hydrology, chemistry and ecology - likely with disastrous results.