Just a day after thousands took to the streets of Vancouver to protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, hundreds gathered in Squamish to voice their concerns about a liquefied gas terminal in Howe Sound.
Investors gave the green light to the $1.6 billion Woodfibre LNG project last month.
But the project is causing concern for some activists who say the facility will damage the environment.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says this is an important issue for everyone.
“LNG is not clean. Howe Sound is precious, the Salish Sea is precious. Water sustains all life. We know that and that’s what’s bringing our people together. This is not just an indigenous issue, this is an issue of our time.”
He says the community will fight it.
“What will bring us together will be the need to stand up and protect and defend mother earth and I absolutely believe in my heart of hearts that those times are upon us now.”
The First Nation set out 25 legally-binding conditions to protect sensitive land around the project.