On June 26, a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada found that the Tsilhqot’in people continue to hold legal title to some 2000 square kilometres in the heart of their traditional territory in central British Columbia.
Critically, the Court found that development on land owned by Indigenous peoples requires the consent of those nations
It’s hard to overstate the importance of this historic ruling, both for the Tsilhqot’in people, who first went to court to protect their land rights more than 20 years ago, and for other Indigenous nations across Canada.
Much of the route of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline crosses territory where there are no treaties with Indigenous peoples and the underlying issue of Indigenous land title has never been resolved. These issues were excluded from the mandate of the public review on which the government says it based its decision to approve Northern Gateway.Great News! Historic Supreme Court decision a crucial step for Indigenous peoples in Canada
Map LNIB Lower Nicola Indian Band Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.The chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band south of Kamloops, B.C., whose territory is crucial to the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan expansion project, wrote a strongly worded letter to the Prime Minister today about his "serious reservations" about the project. Kinder Morgan's pipeline recently spilled 12 barrels of oil in June 2013 on the Aboriginal territory, in the province's interior.
Map LNIB Lower Nicola Indian Band Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.Kinder Morgan owns a pipeline that has transported oil from Alberta to Burnaby for 60 years. It is now is applying to the federal government to twin the pipeline, to increase the oil flow from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. The project would increase the number of oil tankers in the Vancouver area from 60 per year, to more than 400, said the company.
The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is a proposal to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC. It would include approximately 987 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities, such as pump stations and tanks, and the reactivation of 193 km of existing pipeline. The Westridge Marine Terminal would also be expanded.
New pipeline segments would be added between Edmonton and Hinton, AB, Hargreaves, BC and Darfield, BC and Black Pines, BC and Burnaby, BC.
Some existing, but currently deactivated pipeline segments between Hinton, AB and Hargraves, BC and Darfield and Black Pines, BC would be reactivated.
TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE WANTS TO GO RIGHT UNDER THE BURNABY MOUNTAIN. SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY SITS ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THERE IS A NATURE RESERVE. OBVIOUSLY, BURNABY DOES NOT WANT THIS TO HAPPEN, BUT THE NEB GAVE PERMISSION FOR THE PIPELINE COMPANY TO ACCESS THE LAND TO DO THEIR STUDY TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE FEASIBLE, STATING THAT THEY DID NOT NEED PERMISSION FROM THE CITY OF BURNABY.Oil not welcome in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's ancestral waters
Like a real-life game of Risk, the threat of pipelines stood manifest in the huge green petroleum holding tanks perched on the south side of Burrard Inlet, B.C., dwarfing three canoes carrying Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and other anti-pipeline allies Sunday afternoon.
Paddlers performed a ceremony at the third annual Salish Sea Summer Gathering to show that oil, in particular, the twinning of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline that would subject B.C. waters to an estimated 400 tankers per year, is not welcome in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's ancestral waters.
NOW WE HAVE TO TRY TO SAVE THE SALISH SEA FROM THIS OVER LOAD OF TANKERS FROM TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE, AND ALSO THE DOUGLAS CHANNEL HAS DRAWN SOME MAJOR CONCERNS!! WE CAN NOT FORGET THE GREAT BEAR SEA, NOR THE SALISH SEA!!As Kinder Morgan proposes to more-than-double its Trans-Mountain oil sands pipeline from Alberta, and expand an oil supertanker port in Burrard Inlet, First Nations and environmentalists on the coast are escalating their opposition to the project.