Humpback whales were passing through our area long before the first people arrived. Whaletown is one of Cortes Island’s principle villages. Whaletown Road passes right through Squirrel Cove. There is a “Whaling Station Bay,” on Hornby and “Blubber Bay,” on Texada Island. Up until a few years ago, there have been no humpback whale sightings since 1871. This morning’s broadcast consists of a series of interviews about the humpbacks return to Cortes Island.
The Haisla, Gitxaala, Haida, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli peoples have all sought leave from the Federal Court of Appeal to challenge the Canadian Government’s decision to conditionally approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway tankers and pipeline project. They allege the Crown failed to involve First Nations in the decision making process for the Northern Gateway pipeline decision.