Lack of consultation with First Nations sends government to court

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Protestors marching in front of Vancouver City Hall on Cambie Street on Nov. 19, 2016 – LAUREN BOOTHBY PHOTO
*This post is an update to a previous article from Fri. Jan 13, 2017.

Members of Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations, and the Coldwater Indian Band announced Tuesday they are launching new legal action to overturn the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Charlene Aleck, a spokesperson for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said in a press conference Tuesday they are “finding legal means to try to get the decision overturned.”

The federal government did not come through on plans to meet with the group late last year, she said.

Squamish Nation Chief Ian Campbell also said the Crown had failed to consult them properly.

“For the Squamish Nation, it is not the proponent’s obligation to consult, it is that of the Crown, and the Crown has failed in their consultation with the Squamish Nation,” he said.

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Protestors under the Cambie Street Bridge on Nov. 19, 2016 – LAUREN BOOTHBY PHOTO
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could face the same fate as the Enbridge Northern Gateway project that was terminated this summer after the Federal court overturned the approval for inadequate consultation with First Nations.

 

 

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