Indigenous Peoples

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.

Morgan Lowrie

Three prominent Quebec-area Indigenous chiefs were among the hundreds of people who gathered in Montreal on Sunday to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Ghislain Picard, Mohawk Chief Serge Simon and Innu Chief Jean-Charles Pietacho spoke out against the project, citing the need to show solidarity with First Nations and other groups in British Columbia who are fighting against it.

Briar Stewart
Those protesting included members from various environmental groups, such as Greenpeace USA, Protectors of the Salish Sea and 350 Seattle. (Briar Stewart/CBC)

'We are going to not allow Kinder Morgan to finish this pipeline,' says protester

More than 200 kilometres south of where the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is slated to end, environmental groups in the U.S. took to the water in Seattle on Sunday to add their voices to ongoing opposition to the project.

While the roughly 1,200-kilometre pipeline won't cross into the U.S., protesters are concerned about an increase in oil tanker traffic, which would depart from the terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and navigate across the Salish Sea.

Stewart Phillip and Tara Houska
The Grand Chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Stewart Phillip, gives a news conference with indigenous leaders and politicians opposed to the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in Vancouver, Canada on April 16. 2018. Behind is William George, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and a guardian at the watch house near Kinder Morgan Inc. Burnaby oil facility.Photo: Darryl Dyck, SUB / Associated Press

Shareholders at Kinder Morgan’s annual general meeting passed resolutions compelling the company to account for the risk that climate change poses to its business.

Chief Lynette Tsakoza Prophet River First Nation, Chief Roland Willson West Moberly First Nations

May 16, 2018

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Attention: Honourable David Eby, Q.C.


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Re: Withdrawal from Site C Injunction

Mike De Souza
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters in Ottawa on April 15, 2018. File photo by Alex Tétreault

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government engaged in “gamesmanship,” acted in “bad faith,” and then “sought to suppress the evidence” of its actions in order to approve a major west coast pipeline in 2016, says newly-released court documents obtained by National Observer.


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