Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation posted this response to Unifor on her Facebook page this morning.
52 years of damage to waters, lands and air. 52 years of imposing this toxic waste to us, Pictou Landing First Nation and surrounding communities.
There has been 52 years of broken promises, decisions made without consultation, and throwing hush money on the table.
There was much opportunity for the Mill to do better and invest in cleaner and more environmentally sound technology – from the information shared by Unifor they definitely had the money to do so.
But the Mill didn’t want to invest in doing better. They never had to. They got away with their argument of jobs, economy and corporate bullying.
In their eyes – there was only one problem. The natives living in Pictou Landing. They never stopped complaining. They were always bringing up the pollution. So they tried the whole ‘let’s pretend to work with them’ and ‘let’s pretend we care about their concerns.’
Today, they are caught in a battle that THEY had years and years to resolve. They had many years of opportunity to do better. They chose not to. Even with the Boat Harbour ACT they still believed they were above that and didn’t begin consultation with the Band until 2017 after we requested it.
Just a reminder of the incomplete work that the Mill needs to provide to satisfy regulators – here is the focus report since Unifor didn’t seem to have a clue what was in it.
We have a duty to protect our environment. We have to remember not only the past generations that have endured this devastation but we need to protect the future generations. This is the teachings of our people. Seven Generations Teachings – how will the decisions of today impact the future? We saw what has happened and we cannot allow this to continue.
“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”
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