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Indigenous Groups in Canada Prepare to Fight Trans Mountain Pipeline Extension

HeadlineJun 19, 2019

And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved Tuesday the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which the Canadian government purchased from Kinder Morgan last year, despite major concerns by environmental and indigenous rights groups and multiple legal challenges against the pipeline. Construction on the pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands to British Columbia’s Pacific coast, is set to resume this year. First Nations groups have said they will continue to challenge the expansion, which was previously halted by the courts in 2016. This is Khelsilem of the Squamish Nation Council.

Khelsilem: “It’s unfortunate this government, that ran on a promise of doing things differently, decides to behave this way. But our interests as a people is to protect our community, our territory, the livelihood of our generations living today and the ones to come. And we are committed to fighting this climate emergency and the climate crisis, but we have a government that does not seem to want to be leaders when it comes to fighting the climate emergency. Climate leaders do not build pipelines.”

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