ICA’s Statement on Canada’s $4.5B Bailout of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline

May 29, 2018 (Coast Salish Territory - Vancouver, BC) - Today, Canada’s government announced that it is going to pay $4.5 billion to Kinder Morgan to buy both the existing 65-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline and the controversial Trans Mountain Expansion Project. This doesn’t include the assumed liability for construction costs of the project, which could cost billions more, including Kinder Morgan’s previously documented $7.4B for construction costs, and the significant potential for costs related to construction delays. The real cost to taxpayers could easily top $12B. The Trudeau government has shown its cards; they do not have an interest in standing by their election commitments to upho

ICA Statement on Oil Spill at Kinder Morgan Station in Secwepemcul'ecw on May 27th, 2018

#nopipelines #noconsent #stopKm Just days before Kinder Morgan is set to make a “decision” on whether or not to continue with the Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline, an existing pipeline facility in Secwepemcul'ecw (Darfield BC) reported an oil spill of 100 litres of crude oil. The Kinder Morgan decision has become dependent on the needed financial support from investors and social licences from communities along the pipeline route. Yesterday, Secwepemc land defenders went to monitor the scene on their territory lands to bare witness to the contamination caused by Kinder Morgan. The Secwepemc people continue to be one of the many communities that have not consented to the proposed TransMounta

Indigenous Climate Action Attendance at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) UNPFII

Going to the United Nations (UN) is always a challenge, from travel to hotel, to researching your interventions. This year, the UN changed how Indigenous peoples register to participate at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, utilizing a new program, confusing even some veterans who have been attending for years. This year was a challenge to register as even seasoned advocates had a problem manoeuvering the new program used for this year’s registration. This meant, some people like me, missed one thing in registration: our letter of acceptance. And so I wasn’t allowed to register and had to wait almost 2 hours to have my registration accepted. Luckily a sympathetic worker at regis

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