MEDIA RELEASE: TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT ATTACKS INDIGENOUS RIGHTS WITH TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE APPROVAL

North Vancouver, BC, June 18th, 2019

Today, the Squamish Nation is expressing deep frustration with the Trudeau government’s lack of commitment to reconciliation and Indigenous rights with their approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, which will go directly through the Squamish Nation’s territory in Burrard Inlet and English Bay.

“The Squamish Nation met with federal officials as they conducted their court-ordered Phase III consultations with First Nations. What we experienced was a shallow attempt at consultation that resulted in a failure to address our concerns. The failure to meaningfully engage with rights holders means this government is either not serious about building this pipeline or not serious about respecting Indigenous rights.”
– Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Spokesperson

“Trudeau and Minister Sohi promised that there was no timeline for Phase III consultations, yet Cabinet imposed a deadline without knowing the true impacts of this project. Trudeau can’t keep his promises to Indigenous people and can’t keep his promises to Canadians.”
– Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Spokesperson

The Squamish Nation has not given its free, prior and informed consent for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project and remains opposed. Squamish Nation’s Indigenous Rights must be respected and upheld.

The Squamish Nation will review the Trudeau government’s decision and explore next options including possible legal challenges.

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To arrange interviews with the Squamish Nation Spokesperson, contact:

Lauren Hutchison
Communications Officer
Squamish Nation
604-363-4055
lauren_hutchison@squamish.net

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