There seems to be some confusion here on the deal that was signed. The Nisga’a are getting funding to do their own studies and consultations, rather than simply taking the government’s or oil companies or enviro groups’ word on it, and this is actually a continuation of the treaty they signed, basically, the government making good on a promise (I’ll wait while those of you who fell off their chairs get back up).
The studies will be on the potential environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits, risks or opportunities arising from the exploration and development of offshore oil and gas on the North Coast. Nisga’a president Nelson Leeson has said that the Nisga’a are open to exploration if it can be done safely.
The Haida, on the other hand, seem deadset against it.