This was first posted in March of 2012. Since that time laws have been rescinded. Rules have been altered. Government agencies have been shut down. Anti terrorist squads have been placed in western Canada to protect the Tar Sands and oil concerns. I believe Jennifer’s words are more meaningful today than when she first penned them
Jennifer Faith Davidson
My letter I submitted today ….feel free to read
Letter of Comment
Contact information and written comments will be placed on the public registry for this project. Hard copy filings may be made by mail, courier, hand delivery or fax at the address below.
Joint Review Panel – Enbridge Northern Gateway Project
444 Seventh Avenue S.W., 2nd floor mailroom
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0X8
Facsimile: (403) 292-5503, or toll free at 1-877-288-8803
mother, traditional drummer and singer, Haida
My name is Jennifer Davidson I am from the community of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. We are home of the most pristine and rugged terrain that is not offered anywhere else in the world, National Geographic would just adore. We are home of many rivers, Skeena and Kitimat just to name a few. We have many communities on our coast that have their livelihood on the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacific Ocean is home to many First nations people. In our ocean which is home to Killerwhales , dolphins, porpoises, ducks and many mammals, also many species of salmon. The ocean provides an abundant amount of seafood to first nations as well as non native people. There are fisherman who make
their livelihood on the coast.
January is a month of cockles and clams that are harvested by all especially in Prince Rupert and surrounding villages
February is a month of herring, herring travel up and down our coast, this also provides a delicacy to first nations people along the coast
March is a month where the herring spawn their eggs on kelp and is a traditional food as well as a delicacy
April and May seaweed is harvested on the coastal communities including Prince Rupert, this is a very nutritional diet for First Nations people.
Halibut is caught by quota by fisherman along the coast, in summer months sockeye salmon is caught by many First nations as well as non native and sport fisherman who also catch various species of salmon.
In summer months salmon berries are in abundance and blueberries are picked.
October November our hunters are out for moose, deer is caught certain times of the year, this provides a plentiful feed for many families.
The winter months clams, cockles are harvested on the coast.
The pacific ocean is home a variety of food that first nations as well as non native people depend on and appreciate, we give thanks for everything, our beautiful province provides, i am in opposition of a pipeline and proposed tanker route in my province as well as my community.
I am a First nation and Canadian and proud of where i come from. If there ever was an oil spill here it would bring devastation to the food supply as well as the long term affects of health, the water , the ocean all would be contaminated and not fit for consumption, there would be no place for our harvesting, our tides are strong on the coast and by our communities, our areas are more than well known to local people who navigate these waters.
We do not want what has happened in the Gulf of Mexico and Kalamazoo River in Michigan, we want to
preserve our pristine wilderness and rivers this will have devastion for years to come and no one knows the impacts this will do, its been well over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez oil spill and oil is still present on beaches,
I am opposed for health, spirtual , mental, physical, and emotional impacts this will do on all of our generations to come, spirtual, our people will not have our foods, rivers, ocean for food, Physical, will bring devastation to our lands if oil is spilled will kill our water supply as well as food chain, emotional: who will provide hunting and fishing areas, how will will we be compensated if an oil spill happens, as o we have been taught for many generations from our ancestors, water is more valuable than oil and we only take what we need, we are a appreciative, and humble people.