Cross-border indigenous treaty takes on Kinder Morgan pipeline

David P. Ball
Kinder Morgan Treaty

Freshly fed with a wild salmon feast and stirred by drumming and anti-oilsands proclamations, a crowd of several hundred stood en masse to loudly sing Tsleil-Waututh Nation's anthem on Sunday.

Roughly 500 people crammed into the First Nation's North Shore community centre on the eve of what the band's culture and language manager Gabriel George dubbed an "historic event" -- the signing of an intertribal treaty against Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline through southern B.C.

The International Treaty to Protect the Salish Sea was signed by nine First Nations straddling both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.