Indigenous Peoples

Charlie Smith

June 26th, 2018

A B.C. Hydro megaproject is at the centre of a campaign to preserve Canada's largest national park.

Covering nearly 45,000 square kilometres in northeastern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Wood Buffalo National Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But Indigenous and environmental groups claim that Canada not yet followed through on 17 recommendations from a UNESCO committee to protect this natural wonderland. 

Ian Angus - retired SFU Humanities professor

[ Editor: Linked below are Ian Angus' statement to the court against and his recent interview with an Ontario radio programme about Kinder Morgan:

Justine Hunter
A salmon fish farm located in the waters just off the northern end of Vancouver Island.  RICK COLLINS/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands.

Laura Kane
Cedar George-Parker addresses the crowd as protesters opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline extension defy a court order and block an entrance to the company's property, in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday April 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER — Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in Marysville, Wash.

"I dropped to my knees and I said, 'I'm going to make a change in the world,' " he recalled.

Chief David Jimmie, Squiala First Nation

Local leaders were neither told nor invited to the meeting with the prime minister, writer says

June 14, 2018

Neither the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe nor the Sto:lo Nation Chiefs’ Council were invited to attend the meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 5, 2018. We were not notified of the meeting and learned about it through the Chilliwack Progress article, rather than anyone from the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee. We were also not notified of the intent of the meeting nor why the Prime Minister was attending.

Mike De Souza
In an undated image, crews work on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline in Western Canada. Photo courtesy of Kinder Morgan Canad

The Coldwater Indian Band alleges that someone tampered with evidence submitted by Kinder Morgan to Canada’s pipeline regulator to avoid a costly route change on the company's Trans Mountain expansion project.

The Texas-based energy company has proposed to install the new oil pipeline near an aquifer that provides drinking water for the First Nation in the central interior region of British Columbia.

Melanie Green

June 15, 2018

VANCOUVER—The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion may run into more obstacles that could cause serious delays, according to analysis by environmental law organizations.

Experts say the timeline for the pipeline’s completion could be pushed back by as much two years, with over 1,000 permits unresolved, no determined basic route and as many as 25 hearings yet to be conducted.

Mike De Souza
A group of kayaktivists gather before heading to a construction barge in Vancouver harbour near Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal on Oct. 28, 2017. File photo by Zack Embree

Kinder Morgan put fish, porpoises, sea lions and other marine life in danger during recent construction work near an oil terminal in Vancouver, says a leaked federal letter that warns the company could face prosecution for its violations.

The letter from the federal Fisheries and Oceans Department (DFO) notes that the company also went months without filing mandatory monitoring reports to the government and First Nations before federal officials noticed the Texas company was breaking the rules.

Dylan Waisman
Land defenders and water protectors gather on April 7, 2018 near an exclusion zone on the site of a proposed terminal in Burnaby, B.C., for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion. Photo by Dylan S. Waisman

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has granted Texas energy giant Kinder Morgan the power to expand the scope of its injunction across the province, in a bid to keep anti-pipeline protesters away from its property.

Paul Henderson
June 4, 2018

Trudeau to visit B.C. briefly to participate in Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make a surprise and brief visit to Chilliwack on Tuesday 
The Progress has learned.

Trudeau’s plan is to meet with one of the most outspoken B.C. Indigenous leaders in support of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Chief Ernie Crey of the Cheam First Nation.


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