Regional Chief Gottfriedson and the BC Assembly of First Nations stands in solidary with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In North Dakota, as in the rest of the United States of America and in Canada, Indigenous peoples are united in our resistance to the threats we collectively face to our self-determination and our nationhood.

The potential impacts to the drinking water of more than 8,000 tribal members, and to the millions of people downstream, is incredibly alarming. Further, the threats to their sacred Indigenous sites demand attention and must be resisted. The protection and maintenance of our endangered fresh water sources, and our sacred sites is paramount if we, as Indigenous people, are to sustain ourselves culturally, spiritually, and physically.

We Indigenous peoples must continue to demand justice and fight to have our voices heard on the many issues of vital importance to our Nations. As Indigenous Peoples we have the right to protect and preserve our Indigenous heritage which is further articulated as a fundamental principle within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which has been endorsed and supported by both the Obama Administration and the Canadian Government.  We continue to demand that our respective federal governments implement this document to the highest degree within domestic legislation.

We commend Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for their principled approach to resisting the imposition of this pipeline: In the heartbeat of partnership, the BC Assembly of First Nations stands united with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.