Introduction Karyn Sharp, Prince George Jasmine Thomas, Saik'uz Traditional Territory John Phair, Burns Lake John Ridsdale, Hereditary Chief Na'moks, Wet'suwet'en First Nation Pat Moss, Smithers Nikki Skuce, ForestEthics Shannon McPhail, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition Roy Henry Vickers & John Olson Murray Minchin, Kitimat Des Nobels & Luanne Roth, Prince Rupert
Paul Bowles is a professor in economics and international studies at the University of Northern British Columbia Dr. Veltmeyer lived and worked for six years in south America before moving to Canada to pursue a doctoral program in Political Science and subsequently (in 1976) beginning his academic career in the Sociology Department at St. Mary's University. He has participated in the university's Atlantic Canada Studies program and founded the program in International development in 1985. He also served for eight years as Coordinator of this program in addition to eight years as chair of the Sociology Department. Currently he has an academic appointment in the PhD program of Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico and annually engages in an extended program of research and public lectures across Latin America.
"[There is] is a great saying: 'If we don't speak for the animals,
the fish and the birds, who will?' Simple, very simple, very to the
point. And how could we give up something that our
great-great-grandchildren will ask us one day 'Why don't we have
this anymore? Why didn't you stop this then?' We don't have a right
to let that happen."
"The oil and gas industry has wanted into the west coast for decades. This is an ongoing struggle between the people who live here and have access to the marine resources now, the fish, and the industry, which wants in either for tanker traffic or offshore drilling. The government is on the oil industry side and they implement policies to weaken us."