The chief of a major group representing British Columbia aboriginal leaders will speak in Abbotsford next week at a forum on the expansion of Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs will be among those taking part in an event organized by PIPE UP network, a local group opposed to the pipeline’s expansion, and hosted by the Sumas First Nation. The event, called “The Kinder Morgan pipeline, the Climate and you,” will address the impact of the project on communities and the environment.
The event will be held May 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Sumas Community Hall, just days after the National Energy Board issues its recommendation report on the controversial project.
The NEB will hand down its recommendation on the project this week, but the federal government will make the final decision, and is expected to hold a series of meetings in communities along the route of the pipeline, which runs for 30 kilometres through Abbotsford. The pipeline company also operates a pump station and tank farm on Sumas Mountain, just north of the Sumas First Nation.
“We are at a key moment in history when indigenous peoples and all peoples must make crucial decisions about the land, the water and the air,” Phillip said in a press release. “This forum will provide a space for us to come together and to think about the world we want to leave for our grandchildren.”
Other speakers will include Carleen Thomas of the Sacred Trust Initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and Ben West, executive director of TankerFree BC.