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Traditional drummers from a number of British Columbia coastal First Nations perform at Kitamaat Village, B.C., Saturday May 29, 2010, after the community raised a sign to protest against plans by Enbridge to build a bitumen pipeline from the Alberta oil sands and then send it by tanker to Asia. The "Solidarity Gathering of Nations" was sponsored by the Haisla and Gita'at First Nations, Kitamaat Village, B.C.

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May 19, 2004: Largest first nations demonstration in B.C. history descends upon the Legislature in Victoria, largely thanks to Gateway.

Oct. 25, 2006: Carrier Sekani Tribal Council files a federal challenge to the joint review panel created to assess the Gateway pipeline.

Aug. 7, 2008: Opinion survey finds 72-per-cent support in B.C. for an oil tanker ban.

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Dec. 5, 2008: Small group of shareholders agrees to press Enbridge to investigate environmental risks of Gateway.

March 24, 2009: Protesters use the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster to stage a "No Tankers Day" in B.C.

May 6, 2009: First nations protesters confront Enbridge at its annual general meeting in Toronto.

June 2009: First nations from across B.C. and Alberta sign a declaration against Pacific exports of oil sands crude.

May 8, 2010: Norm Hann leaves Kitimat on a 300-kilometre paddleboard trip to raise awareness about Gateway. It is one of 500 individual protest actions.

June 21, 2010: Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff pledges to oppose oil tanker traffic off B.C.'s north coast.

July 5, 2010: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson convenes a meeting to question increased tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet.

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Nathan VanderKlippe is the Asia correspondent for The Globe and Mail. He was previously a print and television correspondent in Western Canada based in Calgary, Vancouver and Yellowknife, where he covered the energy industry, aboriginal issues and Canada’s north.He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award and a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. More

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