PRINCE RUPERT, BC, Oct. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - A major solidarity rally that will bring together hereditary chiefs, prominent leaders and community members from the entire Skeena corridor will take place in Prince Rupert this Saturday, October 24. Hereditary chiefs from all the nations along the corridor, including the Gitanyow, Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en, will be in attendance, some in full regalia. They will participate in a welcome ceremony, dances and speeches to demonstrate the solidarity amongst the Nine Allied Tsimshian Tribes against the work being done by Pacific Northwest LNG on Flora Bank and Lelu Island.
"This is an important crossroads for our people," says Lax Kw'alaams Mayor Garry Reece, whose band recently launched a title claim against Flora Bank and Lelu Island. "This event brings together all the Aboriginal groups along the river system to demonstrate clearly and physically our solidarity and our commitment to protect our resources for future generations."
Saturday's solidarity rally will show that Aboriginal groups in the Skeena river system are not open to any development that would compromise their fisheries ecosystem. They will be uniting with their families and neighbors to make a clear statement that development on Flora Bank and Lelu Island is not negotiable.
"People are quite excited about getting together to show our solidarity and support," says Glen Williams, Gitanyow Hereditary Chief.
Organizers of the event expect hundreds of people will attend.
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Where: North Coast Meeting & Convention Centre
Address: 240 1st Ave W, Prince Rupert
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Media interviews available starting at 11 am
SOURCE Lax Kw'alaams Band
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