Church supports First Nation Canadians in battle against new oil and gas pipe

By Gavin Drake
Posted Dec 2, 2016

[Anglican Communion News Service] A major new oil and gas pipeline through the British Columbia region of Canada has received government backing despite protests from indigenous peoples groups. The Tsleil-Waututh First Nation described this week’s decision as “the beginning of a long battle” to stop the project. Last month, the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod (COGS) passed a resolution by consensus in which they expressed “their support for Indigenous peoples and their desire to grow and deepen that trust both within the church and without; in asserting and advocating their right to free, prior and informed consent concerning the stewardship of traditional Indigenous lands and water rights, and in acknowledging and responding to their calls for solidarity.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says:

    I am amazed that the church can get so far off course that it no longer links it’s messages to the crucified Christ. Saint Paul said, “I am determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified.” A great church is being prostituted for many causes, some of the causes are just but some are neuter with respect to the Gospel. The oil issue in my opinion is not A relevant issue for this great church. It’s role should be to obtain jobs, homes, food, and clothing for the people. Whether it is the pipeline or contributions from the wealthy. Taking care of the people is the churches objective beyond preaching the gospel of Christ.

  2. Barbi Click says:

    I wonder exactly where it says that the role of the church is to obtain jobs and homes for the people? Regardless, I get the idea of taking care of those who are considered the “least of these” however, would not the Native Americans be considered the least of the least of these? They were moved to territories deemed worthless until suddenly it is discovered that the land is worth a great deal – gold or oil. Then their concerns, their way of life is completely disregarded so that those riches can be taken, not to their own well being but to the benefit of others.
    So, if the church’s role is to take care of jobs, homes, food, and clothing for the people, why would this issue of stewardship for this creation that we have been given and the stripping of human rights from a people as a part of this creation not be part and parcel of our mission?

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