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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, August The Mackenzie pipeline like hearing people say they wilt destroy you' By HOWARD COLLINS TROUT LAKE, N.W.T. (CP) "When people talk about a pipeline, it's like hear- ing them say they are going to destroy the Indian coun- cillor said, squinting through the Ilickering lantern light towards Mr. Justice Thomas Berger. He and his friends in this tiny hamlet of 56 in the western Mackenzie Valley want no part of the proposed natural gas pipeline that will pass 40 miles east of their village on its way to southern Canada. Speaking through a translator in his native Slavey, the message Edward Jumbo had for Ottawa was as simple as the lifestyle of the village pipeline, especially not before native land claims are settled by Ot- tawa. The people of Trout Lake still live much the way they have for generations, tie told the British Columbia Supreme Court justice. Their life depends on hunting, fishing and trapping. A pipeline down the lush valley to carry the north's energy riches to hungry southern markets would bring them no benefits and might drive off the animals they de- pend on for food and money- earning furs. Even though the pipeline would not pass near the village, the route cuts through the traplines of its 20 hunters and the headwaters of the river system that passes their door. Judge Berger, wearing con- struction boots and a tan cor- duroy jacket, sat behind an unpainted wooden table and listened patiently. "I'm here to make an in- quiry into proposals to build a pipeline through the Judge Berger said. "Your views are just as important as anyone else." Those views came quickly anyway. That was the reason from the two dozen natives Indians wanted land claims .gathered in the log-cabin com- settled first, giving them munity centre. The pipeline some control over the MALL MANAGER RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD AT SHOPPING CENTRE SEMINAR Centre Village Merchants Association CONGRATULATE MANAGER C. H. Meyer Mr. Meyer, Manager of Centre Village Shopping Centre just returned from Lansing Michigan where he attended Michigan State University for a week long seminar. It was sponsored by the International Council of Shopp- ing Centres. Mr. Meyer received recognition and a special award in Promotions. Shown above is Mrs. E. Gammon, Vice President of the Centre Village Merchants Association congratulating Mr. Meyer on this achievement. was being built lo benefit southerners and even most of the construction jobs would probably go to white men. There were no benefits for the native people and they wanted no part of it. The views Judge Berger heard during the weekend in Trout Lake and Nahanni Butte, another small Slavey village near the Yukon border, echoed those he has heard all summer throughout the Mackenzie valley. The judge was appointed by Ottawa to study the social, economic and environmental affects of northern pipeline construction and besides the formal hearings with the ex- perts, he's visiting the small villages to get the views of the people as well. The inquiry centres on two competing applications to build the northern pipeline. Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. of Calgary wanls to build a billion line carrying only Canadian gas to Canadian markets. Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline Ltd. of To- ronto seeks permission for a line (hat also would carry gas from Alaska to United Stales markets. The small populations of the two villages made the weekend visits Ihe least hectic so far in the tour, where meetings usually slarl in ear- ly morning and last late into the night. Judge Berger flew into Trout Lake at noon Saturday and wailed nine hours for the stiff winds to drop, allowing Band Chief Harry Deneron to travel the lake waters from a nearby lodge for the meeting. The judge and the 23 staff members and reporters on the trip passed the lime sitting in the warm sun outside the community hall, alternately reading and napping. At the meeting, Councillor Jumbo said the people fell no matter what they do, the pipe- line will come through MAKES YOU A BUY A QRX 3000 development. "The people don't want tht pipeline and don't need a night to talk about he said, at the same time thanking the judgeforcomingloseelhem. But the talking went on an- olher two hours until mid- night, the judge carelul not to show any sign he wanted to cut short the meeting. "We'll stay as long as you want to speak lo he told them. Olher village men came for- ward lo back Ihe testimony of their pipeline, especially not before land set- tlement and, if then further to the east away from their water system. Chief Deneron, whose 420- member Fort Liard Band in- cludes Trout Lake, said the In- dians also fear the effects of more people moving into the north because of development. "They like the way they live he said. "They don't want lo be disturbed by any more people." It was a sentiment repeated Sunday in Nabanni Butte, where the judge flew after spending a night in a sleeping bag on the floor of Trout Lake's community hall. Sitting on a grassy knoll in front of the community school, sweeping away hordes of ravenous mosquitoes with one hand, the judge heard more worry over the influx of outsiders. Nahanni Bulte is nestled along Ihe shore of a river un- der the edge of towering, rocky Nahanni Mountain range, part of which is how a national park. Pipeline development will bring thousands of workers into the north, many of them heading towards the park and changing the way of life for people in the change they don't want. "These are traditional com- munities where they are not affected by white man's progress and said Chief Jim Antoine of Fort Simpson, Ihe regional vice- president of the Indian Brotherhood. "They work together here in Ihe true In- dian way." Turning towards the pipeline representatives attending the meeting, he adds: "When and if the pipeline goes ahead, I hope you'll come bach here and see the damage you have done." GENEROUS DEATH NOTE OSAKA, Japan (AP) Japanese banker Yoshiro Ka- dono left a suicide note urging a debtor who owed him lo pay Ihe debt step by step and not [o be concerned, because "I'm not dying lo em- barrass you." From Sansui Suggested List From Sansui Suggested List AND WE WILL FREE This AKAICS-33D DOLBY CASSETTE DECK Suggested List This Super Cassette Deck Comes Absolutely Free With The Purchase Of One Of These Top-Of-The-Line Sansui Quad AMPS. Come in and talk to your HI-FI Specialists and walk out with a SUPER DEAL! QUANTITIES LIMITED Tall tomatoes Jeanne Brown of Sudbury, Ont., harvests tomatoes from an eight-foot tall plant. The tomatoes are an English vine variety and it is not unusual for the plants to grow as high as 10 feet if handled properly. Canadian diplomats named by minister OTTAWA Thomson, 57, a native of Aldergrovc. B.C., is being ap- pointed Canada's first high commissioner to Singapore, External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen announced Monday. The appointment of Mr. Thomson, a former general director of the Irade commis- sioner service, was one of a series of diplomatic appoint- menls announced by Ihe minister. James E. Hyndman, 50, a nalive of Nantes, France, and now a counsellor at the Cana- dian embassy in Moscow, will become the new ambassador in Cuba with concurrent accrcdition to Haiti. He replaces Malcolm Bow who returns to department head- quarters here. Robert W. McLaren, 48, originally from Windsor, Ont., becomes the new high com- missioner lo Tanzania with concurrent accredilion to Mauritius and the Somalia Democratic Republic. Mr. McLaren, Canadian high com- missioner !o Bangladesh since 1973, replaces James. R. Barker. The appoinlment of Mr. Barker as chief of protocol for the department was announc: ed earlier. VVillard G. Pybus, 53, a native of Kitscoty, Alta., and now a counsellor at the Cana- dian embassy in become consul general in Sydney, Australia. He replaces G.A. Browne who is returning to Ottawa. The new depuly high com- missioner in London will be Christian Hardy, 52, from Montreal, who has been direc- tor general of personnel at the department's headquarters here. He replaces Pierre- Andre Bissonno.lle who becomes an assistant under- secretary of stale for external affairs. Mr. Bissonnetle had been in London since 1972. Peler M. Towe, 52, a native of London. Ont., also becomes an assistant under-secrelary of slate. For BACK-TO-SCHOOL From REWARD SHOES BROS. CffllrtVillipMill Tlturs. 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