|Haisla dancers prepare for the Northern Gateway hearings to begin on Jan. 10, 2012. (Chris Brown/CBC)|
It has been more than ten hears since I have returned to the village that Adopted me. I am sixty years old and my memory and eyes are not so good any more. But even I can see that these three gentlemen are not preparing to dance. If memory and eyes serve, from left to right; Clifford Smith, Rod Bolton Jr. and Sammy Robinson are their names. Clifford and Rod are both hereditary Chiefs. Sammy Robinson is the Chief of Chiefs. They were preparing to give testimony before the JRP panel. They were not preparing to dance.
The picture and its caption comes from the CBC Feature Page dealing with Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Twinned Pipeline Proposal. The top story on that page boldly proclaims:
Majority of aboriginal communities sign on to Northern Gateway ‘Nearly 60 per cent of the aboriginal groups along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project through B.C. and Alberta have signed on to share in the ownership and profits of the project, Enbridge officials say.’
My question is a simple one: if we cannot trust CBC to get the facts straight in something as simple as telling the difference between Hereditary Chiefs and Dancers how can we trust them to get the facts straight on a story as complex as; which and how many First Nations have signed on with Enbridge?
Fact is folks this ‘reporting’ is nothing more or less than pure undiluted propaganda. In my younger days before I became so sophisticated and respectful, when I still called a spade a spade, I would have called it Bull Shit! Consider the following quote from the story:
‘The Northern Gateway project is a proposal by Canadian oil and gas company Enbridge to build two pipelines stretching 1,177-km between the Alberta oilsands and the West Coast. The Northern Gateway would have the capacity to transport 525,000 barrels of oil per day.’