Not looking to provide the kindling for a flame war here, but found this story of interest to the Northwest on the internet tonight. They apparently could use spell checker at Reuters though…
Link to reuters
or the story in full below…
PACIFIC PORT PLAN FACES NATIVE OBJECTIONS
Wed. April 25, 2007 5:53 EDT
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Native Indians said on Wednesday they will not allow a container port on Canada’s Pacific coast to begin operating until their land rights concerns over the project are addressed.
Two aboriginal bands said the federal government has failed to adequately consult them about the facility being built in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the first phase of which is expected to start handling traffic late his year.
The Lax Kw’alaams and Matlakatla Indian bands said the government has ignored a 2006 Federal Court ruling that it had used a flawed process to address native claims that the project is in their historic territories.
“We thought we’d be back at the table. Nothing is really happening, so we’re getting frustrated,” said Garry Reece, chief councilor of the Lax Kw’alaams.
A port official was not immediately available for comment.
The government and Canadian National Railway (CNR.TO: Quote) announced in 2004 they wanted to use Prince Rupert to handle increasing trade with Asia. The port is a day’s sailing closer to Asia than are ports on the U.S. Pacific coast.
Canada’s courts have ruled that governments and private companies have a duty to consult with Indians over development on the natives’ historic territories, although the native groups do not have an automatic veto power.