For Immediate Release
June 27, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) – Pacific Future Energy Corporation (Pacific Future Energy) congratulates the Tsilhqot’in National Government on their landmark legal victory at the Supreme Court of Canada, which reinforces that the Tsilhqot’in Nation has proven title to their traditional territories – the first time a declaration of Aboriginal title has ever been granted by a Canadian court.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the case of William vs. Canada clearly establishes the framework within which governments and industries need to work with First Nations. This framework is virtually identical to the approach Pacific Future Energy has already committed to using for our project. We encourage all British Columbians and Canadians, including government and industry, to respect and support Indigenous rights.
“This decision demonstrates what we’ve been saying all along – that there is only one way to work with Indigenous Nations and that is in full respect of their inherent rights and title” said Executive Chairman Samer Salameh. “We stand in full support of achieving a true partnership with Indigenous Nations, communities and families.”
The Pacific Future Energy corporate structure, upheld by our operational preparations and launch of our pre-feasibility study, through every step of the feasibility analysis, environmental assessments, construction and ongoing operations, Pacific Future Energy stands with First Nations.
“This decision provides a positive new direction. Indigenous Peoples are the key to prosperity, health and sustainability in this country” said Jeffrey Copenace, Vice President Indigenous Partnership. “There is no question that respecting inherent rights and achieving a true genuine partnership will lead to a brighter, healthier and more prosperous future for all of Canada.”
About Pacific Future Energy
Vancouver-based Pacific Future Energy is a company that has been developed to finance, design and construct the world’s greenest oil refinery in British Columbia, Canada. The management team consists of leaders from the venture capital, corporate and government sectors, who share the belief that while it’s in Canada’s national strategic interest to diversify its markets for oil, it should be done in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and while ensuring the protection of Canada’s west coast. For more information about the company www.pacificfutureenergy.com
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