Webinar: Secwépemc's Fight Against Trans Mountain Pipeline

Monday, December 11, 2023

The recent webinar on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline through Indigenous territories brought to light critical issues facing these communities. Key speakers like Mike McKenzie, April Thomas, Dave Knox, and Romaly Kavanaugh shared profound insights into the cultural, environmental, and legal challenges posed by the pipeline.

Impact of the Trans Mountain Pipeline on Secwépemc

The industry-captured Canadian Energy Regulator has granted the federally-owned Trans Mountain pipeline permission to dig through the heart of Pipsell, or Jacko Lake, near Kamloops. This has infuriated Secwépemc elders, hereditary leaders and community members who have long opposed pipeline construction of any kind through their territories and say the nation has never given its consent. It also broke a promise made to Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc, who made a trenchless crossing of their most sacred site a condition of an agreement with the company.

A call to action

Right now, the solidarity among Indigenous Nations and allies is critical. It's key in fighting against environmental degradation and championing Indigenous rights.

Indigenous communities are facing these challenges every day in their efforts to protect sacred sites and the environment. All of us must spread this knowledge and get actively involved in supporting Indigenous rights and environmental protection.

Follow the Unceded Law Response Group on Facebook for updates. They share news about what's happening and how people are trying to stop the pipeline.


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