First Nations Comment on Consultation Process Regarding Trans Mountain Pipeline

    The proposed twinning route (Photo courtesy of nrcan.gc.ca)

    The pipeline expansion is still planning to get underway after proper consultation is given.

     Frank Lacobucci, Supreme Court of Canada justice,  will be overseeing the renewed consultations with First Nations along the route where the Trans Mountain Pipeline is being expanded.

    While a timeline hasn't been laid out, a rough-design phase of what the consultation process looks like has started with the help of Metis and First Nations leaders.

    The Squamish First Nation in Southwestern British Columbia says a process that full engages their First Nations rights and upholds them is what's expected of the Federal Government.

     The First Nations chief of the Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band, a First Nation just north of Kamloops,BC, also says the renewed  consultation will help better push for benefits for First Nations people.

    This will include a percentage of the value of oil that flows along the pipeline or for the creation of an equity portion in the project.

    The Liberals have recently advised the public they won't bee appealing the August decision from the Federal Court of Appeal that rejected cabinet approval for the pipeline's expansion.

       

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