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2 Indigenous leaders explain why they are on opposing sides of the Trans Mountain debate – Global News

by ahnationtalk on May 6, 201980 Views

May 5, 2019

The expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline remains a point of contention for many Canadians.

But there is also division on the issue within one key group of stakeholders in the project — Indigenous Canadians.

Over recent weeks, those differences of opinion regarding how — or if — the project should proceed have come under the spotlight, after the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs issued a letter critical of the plan by the Indian Resource Council of Canada to purchase a 51 per cent stake in the expansion project.

In that letter, Chief Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, secretary-treasurer of the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs, wrote along with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip that the expansion project is not viable because of opposition to it from other First Nations communities along the proposed route, and also stressed it wasn’t worth the money.

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