[29] Environmentalists have expressed concern about the heightened risk of an oil spill in the Burrard Inlet resulting from the expansion, which entails the obstruction of 30% of the inlet and a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, according to Stand.earth, formerly ForestEthics. [53][54] In response to the approval being overturned, Premier Rachel Notley announced that Alberta would pull out of the national carbon price and called for an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada of the federal court's August 30 decision. Tea Dolls. "[8] the pipeline expansion was on schedule. The RCMP contained the protests on Burnaby Mountain. 3CR broadcasters present around 125 radio programs every week, with 20 community language shows in 13 different languages, and 10 hours of Indigenous programming, and listeners can tune in on 855AM, stream live through the web or download podcasts of our shows. June 4th will mark the two-year anniversary of the Secwepemc Declaration, a declaration which launched the Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home initiative to protect ancestral territories against the TransMountain pipeline. “Our Indigenous ancestors have a footprint across this continent that spans for at least 20,000 years. The company stated that it would attempt to reach agreements on a funding plan with stakeholders by May 31. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. “In 2017, we gave our free, prior and informed consent to Trans Mountain to build and operate the new pipeline here,” Loring says. A guide", "B.C. [47], On August 30, 2018, Kinder Morgan Canada's shareholders voted to approve the sale of the pipeline to the federal government. SUPPORT MI’KMAQ TREATY RIGHTS AND LIVELIHOOD [28], In a September 2020 interview with the Canadian Press, TransCanada's CEO Ian Anderson said that the expansion was on schedule despite a "$5.2-billion rise in its estimated cost to $12.6 billion. [51], Hearings in the form of pipeline roundtable meetings with Trans Mountain representative and indigenous groups took place in Calgary in November, and in Kamloops and Nanaimo in December, with the summary expected in January.[52][66]. Premier Christy Clark announced British Columbia's support for the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying the project meets her government's five conditions for approval and includes a revenue-sharing agreement worth up to $1 billion.[27]. During the attack a male Indigenous guest of the Tiny House Warriors was physically assaulted. The environmental concern in this area includes the Salish Sea's southern resident killer whales' (SRKW) prime Chinook salmon feeding ground. By October 15, the RCMP had begun arresting people in connection to the camp, including Hereditary Chief Segwses, Loralie Dick, April Thomas, Billie Pierre and Romilly Cavanaugh. [12][13] Although a majority have occurred at contained zones such as pumping stations, and a majority were below the mandatory reporting threshold of 1.5 cubic metres, there have been some significant spill events: On June 18, 2013, Kinder Morgan filed an application with the Canadian National Energy Board pursuant to Part III of the National Energy Board Act[4] to build a second pipeline under the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home, is a part of a mission to stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory. government", "Government of Canada announces pipeline plan that will protect the environment and grow the economy", "B.C. The group has built two villages — near Blue River and Moonbeam Creek, about 230 kilometres north of Kamloops. Not Now. soars | Vancouver Sun", "Trans Mountain Expansion Project Order in Council P.C. Supreme Court injunction from 2018 that barred land defenders from blocking work. The Declaration states, “We have never provided and will never provide our collective free, prior and informed consent - the minimal international standard - to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Project or the Kinder Morgan Man Camps.” Meantime, the Tiny House Warriors say they have been subject to violence and intimidation at their villages. The idea for a pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia quickly emerged, driven by the growing demand for oil both in Asia and on the west coast of Canada and the United States. [59] One was arrested without charges, while the other four are set to appear in court in January 2021. wine industry celebrates end of Alberta ban", "Alberta demands 'concrete action' from Ottawa to get Trans Mountain pipeline moving", "Alberta unveils bill that could wreak havoc on B.C. 2019-0820 Project update: Letter from NEB to Trans Mountain and Tsleil-Waututh Nation", The Building of Trans Mountain: Canada's First Oil Pipeline Across the Rockies, Line 63 (Southern Access Extension pipeline), Seaway to Beaumont/Port Arthur crude pipeline, Rocky Mountain pipeline (Aurora Pipeline), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Trans_Mountain_pipeline&oldid=1002285108, Transport buildings and structures in British Columbia, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2018, Wikipedia articles needing clarification from December 2016, Articles with dead external links from April 2020, Canada articles missing geocoordinate data, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Trans Mountain Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the, Abbotsford 2005: A ruptured pipeline dumped 210 m, Burnaby 2007: A contractor working on a sewage project for the City of Burnaby ruptured a pipeline, causing spillage of 224–234 m. Sumas 2020: 1195 bbl of light crude leaked from small pipe connected to mainline. B.C. The Tiny House Warriors are standing in peaceful defence of their territory and against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which they say does not have the collective free, prior and informed consent of the Secwepemc peoples. Tiny House Warriors reclaim land, block Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline route. [67] Projected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are expected to be at least $1.5 billion in the first year of operation and expected to grow annually, according to Trans Mountain. [4][5], On July 2, 2020, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of a prior decision by the Federal Court of Appeal thus ending the potential for any further legal challenges of the expansion. [63] On October 9, in response to TMX workers being seen surveying in preparation to drill under the river, the camp was moved directly in the way of the expansion. Their claim is that the First Nation band governments only have jurisdiction through Canadian law on their reserves, whereas traditional Secwépemc leadership retains sovereignty over Secwepemcul’ecw. or. Create New Account. Kanahus Manuel is a Secwepemc land defender and co-founder of the Tiny House Warriors. [clarification needed], In February 1952 after the board's approval construction began. stated it did not support Trans Mountain, partly because Kinder Morgan has not provided enough information about its proposed spill prevention and spill clean up program. One of the residents of the Thompson River camp was Secwépemc matriarch Miranda Dick, who told reporters there were an average of 20 people at the camp as of October 5. Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, stated that the union was "absolutely shocked and appalled that Canada is willingly investing taxpayers' money in such a highly controversial fossil fuel expansion project". So the Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors are building tiny houses to stand in its way. Members of the Secwepemc Nation have been participating in blockades as well, including a group of land defenders called the Tiny House Warriors. Log In. Kanahus Manuel, or Kanahus Freedom, is an indigenous activist, birth keeper, and a member of the activist group Tiny House Warriors.Manuel is a Secwepemc and Ktunaxa mother of four Freedom Babies, children raised in the spirit of decolonization and free from the regulations of the Canadian federal and provincial governments. On June 18, 2019, the Governor in Council (GIC) directed the National Energy Board to issue the certificate allowing for the construction and operation of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. government has every right to consult on whatever it pleases with its citizens. Two members of the Tiny House Warriors say they were arrested Saturday for “bugging” road construction workers on their unceded territory in northern B.C. [31], A 2014 study by Simon Fraser University claimed that Kinder Morgan overestimated the economic benefits of the pipeline expansion. Protests took place in Vancouver to stop work on Kinder Morgan on September 19, 2017. [citation needed], On March 21, 1951, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Company was created by a special Act of Parliament. In August 2018, on the same day that Kinder Morgan shareholders approved the sale, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the NEB's approval of the pipeline expansion, citing that the government did not sufficiently consult First Nations groups and assess its environmental impact. [51] The government gave the NEB a "tight timeline" with a final report due on February 22, 2019. Log In. gas prices in trade war", "New law would allow Alberta to restrict flow of oil and gas as Trans Mountain battle escalates", "Alberta premier 'prepared to turn off the taps' now that legislation approved", "Liberals to buy Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5B to ensure expansion is built", "Ottawa is buying Trans Mountain. [60] That camp, established by a group known as the Tiny House Warriors, is located near a planned "work camp" (referred to by Indigenous dissenters as a "man camp" because of the predominance of men in the demographics of pipeline workers). Organizations including LeadNow and the Dogwood Initiative have also opposed the project and organized protests.[56][57]. The Tiny House Warriors have occupied sites at Blue River and Moonbeam Creek to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline Project (“Project”). The Tiny House Warriors have established a new village in BC’s interior at the site of a planned worker’s camp and are calling land defenders to the area in an effort to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and assert Secwepemc sovereignty in Secwepemcul’ecw, their unceded territory. Thanks to all who make this beautiful movement possible. or. [42][43][44], On May 29, 2018, the Canadian federal government announced its intent to acquire the Trans Mountain Pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. [6], In the fall of 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the slump in the price of oil,[7] and a "$5.2-billion rise in its estimated cost to $12.6 billion. This letter affirms our unanimous support for the work of the Tiny House Warriors and expresses the deep concern we feel for their safety. The government will also have the option to cover costs or purchase the pipeline back if the new owner is unable to complete the project due to legal pressure, or, despite reasonable efforts, cannot complete the project by an established deadline. [2] The purchase had been announced by the federal government in May 2018. Prior to the 1950's, the Labrador Innu bands were migratory. (Photo: Tiny House Warriors/Facebook) In a joint letter Thursday, more than 75 Indigenous women called on President-elect Joe Biden to immediately demonstrate his "commitment to fulfilling the U.S. treaty obligations and ending the reign of fossil fuel extraction in our tribal territories." Interior", "Tk'emlups te Secwepemc leadership releases statement on TMX arrests", "Three arrested as judge consults with Indigenous groups about Trans Mountain project", "Cost of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in B.C. These investors would also be indemnified for any delays induced by provincial or municipal governments. [64] On October 11 it was moved again due to a chemical leak in the river. Premier John Horgan stated that the sale would not affect the provincial government's ongoing efforts to block the pipeline expansion, stating that "rather than go to the court to determine jurisdictions, they're making financial decisions that affect taxpayers and they'll have to be accountable for that". Forgot account? [8], On February 14, 1947, large oil deposits were discovered near Leduc, Alberta. On September 21, the National Museum of the American Indian will open its doors. The company that is advancing the project, says that it still have enough insurance coverage. [45][46], Critics of the expansion argued that this proposed purchase was a taxpayer-funded bailout of the project. Members of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations of British Columbia paddled canoes on the waters of Burrard Inlet to the Kinder Morgan Burnaby Terminal for a ceremony to protest the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. [35] In November 2017, Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr stated that the federal government had sent a letter in support of a dispute resolution process to the National Energy Board to expedite any future disputes over provincial or municipal permits impeding the expansion. An investment of $7.4 billion would complete the connection between Strathcona County, Alberta, and Burnaby, British Columbia. [52] On August 31, Trudeau said the federal government remained committed to the pipeline expansion project in spite of this setback. “The Tiny House Warriors are not from Simpcw, nor are they our guests in our territory,” said Matthew. Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or record keeping purposes. [25] Canadian Bechtel Ltd. was responsible for engineering, design, and construction of the project. [33][34], Despite federal government approval, seven Federal Court challenges were filed by the municipalities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Kwantlen, and Coldwater First Nations. It is the only pipeline to run between these two areas. The eventual owner will be indemnified by the government for any delays or hindrances to the project that result from legal actions by provincial or municipal governments. Casimir's statement asserted that the council "[had] not sold or ceded or given anything away" but that "[they had] upheld [their] jurisdictional rights. 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Secwepemc & Ktunaxa Nations, Secwepemc Women Warriors, Tiny House Warriors. premier, Indigenous groups respond to Trans Mountain purchase", "Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders vote to sell Trans Mountain pipeline to Ottawa with project in limbo", "Federal Court of Appeal quashes construction approvals for Trans Mountain, leaving project in limbo", "Trans Mountain pipeline approval quashed by court", "Limited public access to new hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline project", "New Trans Mountain hearings begin in Calgary", "Trudeau committed to building Trans Mountain despite new legal challenges", "Prime Minister says Ottawa still committed to build Trans Mountain pipeline expansion", "B.C. Related Pages. [1] Until the purchase by the CDIC, it was owned by the Canadian division of Houston, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, Inc. [70] Some Indigenous groups have sanctioned the project for ownership stakes while others, like the Coldwater Indian Band, have unsettled issues. This book introduces you to some of the main themes and conclusions in the final report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Kestler-D’Amours, Jillian and O’Toole, Megan. "[8] Anderson cited other challenges to construction including the COVID-19 pandemic, the slump in the demand for fuel which contributes to the slump in the price of oil,[7] and the ongoing protests by opponents to the expansion. Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and … Other staffs, such as Gwispeck, were carried by the heralds who went from house to house to invite people to events. [40], On April 8, 2018, Kinder Morgan suspended "non-essential" activities relating to the pipeline, as the company did not want to "put [its] shareholders at risk on the remaining project spend". 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Today the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society and the Tiny House Warriors issued a Women’s Declaration Against Kinder Morgan Man Camps. The proposal attracted controversy due to its potential environmental impact, having faced legal challenges, as well as protests from environmentalists and First Nations groups. On the same day, the company made a pipeline proposal to the Board of Transport Commissioners. In this section, you will find tools to dismantle these inequities through the work and resources created by Indigenous land protectors, academics, and community members. On February 6, 2018, Notley ordered the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to cease future imports of British Columbia wine as a retaliatory sanction over these moves. The Tiny House Warriors have been occupying two sites near Blue River to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The Trans Mountain Pipeline System, or simply the Trans Mountain Pipeline, is a pipeline that carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia, Canada. At the time it was set up, Kukpi7 Casimir said she had no issue with the protest camp, so long as health and safety guidelines were followed. [60] In a statement released the following day, TteS Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir thanked the RCMP for maintaining peace and order and stated that she and the elected council did not endorse the protesters. "[26], On January 11, 2017, B.C. In 2018, the Houston-based Kinder Morgan sold TransMountain to the federal government of Canada for C$4.5 billion.[2]. March 4, 2019~ We are forced into a foreign legal system that continues to steal our land & make criminals out of Secwepemc Title Holders. [55], During Burnaby Mountain protests in November 2014, opponents of the pipeline expansion camped in Burnaby Mountain Park to block pipeline construction crews, resulting in over 100 arrests. Each tiny house will provide housing to Secwepemc families who face a housing crisis due to deliberate colonial impoverishment, and each will have off-the-grid solar power. slams Ottawa's defence of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion", "B.C. "Trans Mountain Pipeline System" and "Trans Mountain Expansion Project", TMX, are since August 31, 2018, part of "Trans Mountain Corporation", a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDIC), that is accountable to the Parliament of Canada. The government does not intend to remain the permanent owner of the pipeline, as it plans to seek outside investors to finance the twinning project. Two Secwepemc Chiefs have issued a joint statement that calls on on the Tiny House Warriors to "stand down" and leave their protest camps in Blue River and Moonbeam Creek. The indigenous tribe aims to build a total of 10 tiny houses in the way of the pipeline’s construction path in order to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to the pipeline. The pipeline has been in use since 1953. The existing and proposed pipelines ship diluted bitumen through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, an extremely sensitive environmental region. The Tiny House Warriors are a group of Secwepemc land and water defenders who for the past year, have been gathered in a new village of tiny houses on Secwepemc territory near Blue River. Soon after the ceremony, she and four other women were arrested by RCMP officers. As such, B.C. The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home is a part of a strategic mission to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline by building 10 tiny houses on wheels in the path of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc collective title and rights to our unceded lands. The expansion project faced strong opposition from civic governments, First Nations, environmentally concerned citizens, and others. [54], In September 2012, Tsleil-Waututh leaders had hoped to shut down the project altogether on September 1, 2012. approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion - The Star", "Trans Mountain Pipeline's Lead Insurer Zurich Drops Coverage", "What the Trans Mountain pipeline will mean for B.C. "This is why we stand with them—the rightful defenders of their lands and waters—in this peaceful and courageous act of defiance." Naomi Klein is the author of On Fire, co-founder of … Ownership of the company was split between Canadian Bechtel Ltd. and Standard Oil. The Idle No More movement, founded in 2012 by Indigenous youth, was in reaction to the Harper government’s removal of protections for forests and waterways in Bill C-45. "Nations divided: mapping Canada's pipeline battle". In 2004, Kinder Morgan began the process to add a second pipeline, running parallel to the first, for the portion running between Hinton, Alberta, and Hargreaves, British Columbia. Related Link Yes, Native Americans Were the Victims of Genocide By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Settler colonial institutions such as schools and mass media uphold colonialism and work to normalize the inequities and injustices Indigenous people continue to face. [58], According to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, since 2013, Secwépemc community members, primarily women, have been defending their traditional land (known as Secwepemcul’ecw) from the proposed expansion of the pipeline, asserting that the expansion was approved without sufficient consultation. Both sites at Blue River and Moonbeam Creek are located squarely within Simpcwul'ecw, or, Simpcw's divisional area within the overall Secwepemc Nation. Idle No More organizers have been successful in changing the social and political context in kanada (and beyond) through our focus on public education and non-violent direct action. If the government cannot find a buyer before the consummation of the purchase, it will carry out the purchase via a crown corporation, and operate it in the meantime. Trans Mountain reports that the spill is contained on property and that groundwater is being monitored for contamination. [55] In a 2020 Global News interview, with the pipeline expansion work underway again, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip— president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs president, said that he expected that there would be more "Burnaby Mountain-style" protests.[8]. “At 9 a.m. on Oct. 19, Kanahus Manuel and Isha Jules were arrested on Highway 5,” the group opposed to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion said in a news release Monday. BC Environmental Minister George Heyman accused the federal government of interfering with an independent review of the project, arguing that "it's both a highly unusual and a highly troubling intrusion on a province's right to enforce its own permits, its own regulations and the interests of its own citizens". Since the birth of Idle No More  in 2012 we have truly been a grassroots, volunteer-led movement. TteS is one of several First Nations bands that have signed agreements with Trans Mountain. The Tiny House Warriors have occupied sites at Blue River and Moonbeam Creek to oppose the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline Project ("Project"). Attorney General David Eby threatened to sue Alberta over the proposed bill, as he considered it unconstitutional, and stated that it could have a further impact on gasoline prices in the province. The Tiny House Warriors in Kamloops, led by Indigenous youth, have protested the building of the Trans Mountain pipeline on unceded Secwepemc territory. [23], Kinder Morgan had the support at that time of several large petroleum industry customers for this expansion, (BP Canada Energy Trading Co., Canadian Natural Resources, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., Cenovus Energy Inc., Devon Canada Corp., Husky Energy Marketing Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., Nexen Marketing Inc., Statoil Canada Ltd., Suncor Energy Marketing Inc., Suncor Energy Products Partnership, Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co, and Total E&P Canada Ltd). 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