Portraits of the speakers at the Kitimat The North Matters forum

The North Matters group held a forum, LNG Myths, Facts & Benefits in Kitimat, BC, on May 2, 2018.

Here are the portraits of the speakers.

Fort. St. John, BC, Mayor Lori Ackerman. (Robin Rowland)

Elected chief counsellor of the Haisla Nation Crystal Smith (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth. (Robin Rowland)

Energy blogger Vivian Krause. (Robin Rowland)


Kitimat celebrates Canada Day 2015



The winning float in the 2015 Kitimat Canada parade from the Community Supper Club. (Robin Rowland)
canadaday1Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison who is retiring from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police leads the Canada Day parade.  (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Fire and Rescue. (Robin Rowland)

Kitimat Fire and Rescue. (Robin Rowland)


Kitimat Marine Rescue Society (Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue SAR 63) still affectionately known as “Snowflake Responder”  (Robin Rowland)


Mayor Phil Germuth. (Robin Rowland)


Rio Tinto Alcan’s Gaby Poirier leads the RTA entry in the parade.  (Robin Rowland)


Kids enjoy the parade. (Robin Rowland)


The Haisla Nation Spirit of Kitlope Dancers. (Robin Rowland)

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The gymnastics club. (Robin Rowland)


Handing out goodies to spectators along the parade route. (Robin Rowland)


The Canada Day cake at Riverlodge ready for cutting. (Robin Rowland)


Later on the afternoon of Canada Day, a wildfire broke out on the hydro transmission corridor near the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. It was contained a couple of days later. (Robin Rowland)


Fireworks. (Robin Rowland)


Fireworks. (Robin Rowland)

Haisla Nation celebrate Kitimat’s no vote in Northern Gateway plebiscite (in digital Tri-X)

Boy with no Enbridge cloak

A member of the Haisla Nation dances with a cloak saying “No Enbridge,” in Kitimat, April 12, 2014. (Robin Rowland)

Residents of Kitimat, BC, voted “No” Saturday, April 12 in a plebiscite that sort of asked them if they supported the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker terminal project.

The vote was 1,793 opposed versus 1,278 who supported the project — 58.4 per cent to 41.6 per cent. The plebiscite called by the District of Kitimat Council caused rifts in the community during the campaign and raised tensions with the Haisla Nation. If it ever goes ahead, the Northern Gateway terminal would be in Haisla traditional territory and most members of the First Nation oppose the project.

It was a municipal plebiscite, called by the District, and that meant that only residents of the municipality could vote.  So members of the Haisla Nation who actually live in Kitimat could cast ballots, but members of the Haisla who live in Kitamaat Village, a federally designated Indian Reserve, could not.   All the same, many Haisla felt that they should have some input on what goes on in their traditional territory.   Some of the Haisla decided to demonstrate against the vote as polls closed. When the “No” result was announced, the demonstration turned into a celebration.

I was shooting on assignment for The Canadian Press and filed two images, one of a Haisla drummer that appears in The Province  and a dancer, in the Globe and Mail.

Many of the images of the celebration, taken at night with flash, were rather noisy.

So I decided to try a technique I’ve used before with night shots, converting to black and white. After a couple of test images, I decided to go for 1960s look, using the Tri-X  emulator in Photo Effects 8.  (For younger folks, Kodak Tri-X black and white film was the standard for journalism for decades before digital).


Spirit of Kitlope dancer

One of the Spirit of Kitlope dancers at the No vote celebration, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Robin Rowland)

Haisla members with flag

Haisla Nation members hold a flag at the celebration. (Robin Rowland)

Nathan Cullen

Skeena Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen speaks to members of the Haisla Nation at the celebration. (Robin Rowland)

Gerald Amos

Gerald Amos speaks to a crowd of Haisla and Kitimat supporters at the park across from Kitimat’s City Centre Mall. (Robin Rowland)

Spirit of Kitlope

Spirit of Kitlope drummers and dancers at the No vote celebration. (Robin Rowland)

Spirit of Kitlope drummer

A Spirit of Kitlope singer. (Robin Rowland)


Haisla drummer

Haisla drummer at the park celebration. (Robin Rowland)