Media Release: Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative: Statement on Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion’s Commencement

səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territory/North Vancouver, B.C.

Our grandmother the Inlet, Tsleil-Waut, has sustained our people for millennia, and we have been working tirelessly and successfully to restore her health. Today marks a critical day for Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Trans Mountain has announced that their expanded pipeline is operational, a project our Nation has not consented to due to the many risks it poses.

Shoreline Erosion in the Central Harbour of Burrard Inlet

Tsleil-Waututh has stewarded the waters of Burrard Inlet since time out of mind, and in turn has benefitted from the sustainable conditions of the relatively sheltered waters.

In a stable system – as Burrard Inlet was for thousands of years – the processes of erosion, sediment transport, and deposition are relatively balanced within natural fluctuations.

TWN applies to be intervenor in Trans Mountain’s interim tolling application to CER – tolls to cover less than half (48%) of the cost of construction

TWN has applied to be an intervenor in the Canadian Energy Regulator (CER) process for Trans Mountain’s interim tolling application. The application applies a toll methodology approved by the NEB in 2013 to the current $30.9 billion budget and shows that the tolls will cover less than half (48%) of the cost of construction. This leaves the other 52%,

Water Ceremony at Whey-ah-Wichen / Cates Park North Vancouver

TWN Sacred Trust invites you to a Water Ceremony on Sunday June 25th at Whey-ah-Wichen / Cates
Park in North Vancouver.  This is the fourth and final of a series of water ceremonies. The ceremony will
be led by Elder Minnie (Grinder) Kenoras, Red Hummingbird Woman (Judy Wilson) and Sun Woman
(JoAnne Buffalo),

8 YEARS ON: REFLECTING ON INDIGENOUS LAW SINCE TWN’S TMX IMPACT ASSESSMENT

 

On May 26, 2015, Tsleil-Waututh Nation launched our independent assessment of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion (TMX), grounded in Tsleil-Waututh’s unextinguished law and contemporary policy. The assessment consisted of scientific analyses by world-leading experts on issues such as oil spill risk, as well as traditional TWN knowledge about Burrard Inlet,

BC First Nations highlight human rights concerns to United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Territory/Vancouver, B.C. (March 10, 2023)) This week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (SRRIP), Francisco Calí Tzay met with various First Nations and Indigenous organisations in BC, including representatives of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Office of The Wet’suwet’en, former Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band,

Trans Mountain: 100 years to solvency

It is coming clear why Finance Canada has refused to share the financial reports on Trans Mountain produced by TD Securities and BMO Capital Markets. Finance Canada says the reports show TMX is still commercially viable, but the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) revealed that the banks are using an implausible and irresponsible time frame of 100 years to test the pipeline’s viability,

7 Years On: Reflecting on Indigenous Law since TWN’s TMX Impact Assessment

On May 26, 2015, Tsleil-Waututh Nation launched our independent assessment of the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion (TMX), grounded in Tsleil-Waututh’s unextinguished law and contemporary policy. The assessment consisted of scientific analyses by world-leading experts on issues such as oil spill risk, as well as traditional TWN knowledge about Burrard Inlet,

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