Indigenous Peoples

Laurie Adkin
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa for a news conference on April 15, 2018. File photo by Alex Tétreault

The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion conflict reveals a much larger crisis than the “constitutional” or “investor confidence” crises constructed by the projects’ proponents. The conflict reveals a profound failure of leadership from both levels of government, but most of all, from the prime minister, in response to the true crises facing this country.

Jason Proctor

Despite sparring between provinces and Ottawa, pipeline's future likely depends on court challenges

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 

Between boycotts, showdowns, shareholder action and emergency cabinet meetings, it's easy to overlook the lack of a crucial perspective in the white noise currently surrounding Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project.

But if Indigenous voices are missing from this moment's very public pipeline debate, it's not because they're not speaking.

Stewart Phillip and Serge Simon

Stewart Phillip is Grand Chief of Okanagan Nation and president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. Serge ‘Otsi’ Simon is Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake.

As the federal and Alberta governments continue to pull their hair out over the B.C. government’s stand against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project, it’s important to point out, as we’ve been doing for years, that the pipeline company doesn’t have the consent of all First Nations along the route. In fact, many of them are strongly opposed to the project.

Jennifer Ditchburn

April 11, 2018

Despite what you hear from pundits and politicians, the constitutional rights of Indigenous people are not some secondary part of the Kinder Morgan saga.

Imagine if decades from now a student of Canadian political history is digging into the Kinder Morgan pipeline saga. What kind of picture would she get from scanning the news databases from April 2018?

Mike De Souza & Carl Meyer

Energy giant Kinder Morgan has blinked in the face of relentless opposition from British Columbia to its plans to build a major oil pipeline.

The Texas multinational energy company announced on Sunday that it was suspending all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain expansion project, threatening to cancel it if it fails to reach an agreement with B.C. and other stakeholders over how to proceed.

Kelly Cryderman and Ian Bailey
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.  DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS
APRIL 8, 2018
Kinder Morgan has suspended all “non-essential” spending on its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to opposition from the British Columbia government, issuing an ultimatum that it won’t commit any more dollars to the $7.4-billion project unless it can get agreement from the province to stand aside by the end of May.
First Nations Leaders


Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Bob Chamberlin and Chief Judy Wilson to join defense of Indigenous Title and Rights from Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline project


WHAT:                  Indigenous leaders to take action at Kinder Morgan construction site.


WHEN:                 Saturday April 7th, 11:00 AM PDT


Jessica Leeder

MARCH 22, 2018 

When Justin Brake made the move that would ultimately result in criminal charges against him, the journalist did not see himself as breaking the law.

He thought it would protect him.

Dylan Waisman
Photo of people in Burnaby protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion on March 24, 2018. Photo by Trevor Mack

The City of Burnaby is taking its fight with Kinder Morgan over municipal bylaws up to the Supreme Court of Canada. The announcement comes on the heels of the Federal Court of Appeal's refusal on Monday to hear the City of Burnaby’s appeal, leaving the Supreme Court as Burnaby’s last option to enforce its bylaws.


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