Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, British Columbia – Leaders of the First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs are calling on the federal government to reject the Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project (JRP) recommendation of a conditional approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

The federal government ignored First Nations requests to create a decision- making process for the Enbridge project that would respect First Nations constitutionally-protected Title and Rights. The federal government instead chose to gut federal environmental protections, unilaterally designed and imposed its greatly weakened environmental review process as a quick-and- dirty Aboriginal consultation process for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. The flawed JRP clearly did not respect First Nations’ rights or decision-making authority over their territories in coming to their decision.