'We're going to stop Kinder Morgan': BC's First Nations groups oppose pipeline expansion

Nov 30 2016, 5:18 pm

Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline has been met with fierce opposition by British Columbia’s First Nations communities.

Trudeau said he listened carefully to all the diverse perspectives that exist in BC on the project, including those who opposed it.

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“We respect that and we respect their right to hold and voice their beliefs,” Trudeau told the media on Tuesday, November 29. “If I thought this project was unsafe for the BC coast I would reject it.”

“This is a decision based on rigorous debate, science and evidence. We have not been and will not be swayed by political arguments.”

Courting controversy

The pipeline decision has been extremely controversial in BC due to the fact it would plough through a big chunk of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.

BC’s First Nations responded to Trudeau’s decision with opposition to the pipeline.

“Let’s be clear, this is about our survival. This is about protecting our home, on Burrard Inlet and on the planet,” said Reuben George, Manager of the Sacred Trust Initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in a release.

“We’re going to stop Kinder Morgan by working together. This is everyone’s problem. Trudeau’s permits are worthless without our consent.”

Treaty Alliance, made up of over 100 First Nations and Tribes, vowed that the Kinder Morgan expansion “will never see the light of day.”

Other Indigenous leaders, community members, and allies took to social media to express their opposition.

Only 39 of the 120 Aboriginal groups Kinder Morgan consulted have signed an agreement in support of the pipeline expansion.

Following Trudeau’s decision, hundreds took the streets in Vancouver to protest the expansion.

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