All posts by Katharina Voss

Media Release and Legal Backgrounder: First Nations “extremely disappointed” by Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to hear TMX appeal, but vow to keep fighting

July 2, 2020 – Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory)

– The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band have been denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three First Nations have fought and challenged the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project twice at the Federal Court of Appeal.

Media Release: Stop TMX: Devastating Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill Reinforces Urgency to Halt Further Expansion

 
 
 
 
(Sema:th Territory/ Abbotsford– June 14, 2020) Indigenous leaders are demanding answers and raising alarm following another Trans Mountain pipeline spill, which took place early yesterday morning in Abbotsford.
 
The spill occurred at the Sumas Station which pumps up to the tank farm on Sumas Mountain and where the line intersects south to Washington.

PRESS RELEASE AND LEGAL BACKGROUNDER: FIRST NATIONS STAND TOGETHER AGAINST TRANS MOUNTAIN: FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL BEGINS NEW ROUND OF HEARINGS IN VANCOUVER

For Immediate Release – Monday December 16, 2019

First Nations stand together against Trans Mountain: Federal Court of Appeal begins new round of hearings in Vancouver

Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) — Representatives of Indigenous communities fighting the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project (TMX) in the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) gathered today before hearings begin,

TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION GRANTED LEAVE TO APPEAL THE FEDERAL DECISION ON THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE AND TANKER EXPANSION PROJECT

For Immediate Release

Original Six First Nations from Tsleil-Waututh v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 granted leave

VANCOUVER – Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories – The same six First Nations that stopped the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in its tracks last year will have another chance at the Federal Court of Appeal.

This morning,

Statement re Federal Government Pipeline Purchase Announcement

Regardless of who owns this proposed pipeline and tanker project, our Federal Court of Appeal case remains the same. In the near future, we believe the court will uphold our challenge that consultation was inadequate and the project review failed to address the adverse effects of marine shipping.
 
In the meantime, we will continue to uphold our sacred responsibility to steward our territory for the benefit of future generations.

Statement Regarding the Federal Government’s Offer to Indemnify Kinder Morgan

Today’s announcement regarding the Federal Government’s offer to indemnify Kinder Morgan or other potential investors from risk does not address the concerns raised about this project by TWN in our legal challenge. The Federal Courts continue to be the biggest obstacle for this project to proceed. We remain dedicated to our sacred responsibility which is the stewardship of Burrard Inlet.

Statement from Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust on Direct Action

As things have begun to really heat up in the debate surrounding the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline, now seems like a good moment to take a step back and reflect on how, and why we have arrived in this place and where we hope to be in the future.

Our assessment report, grounded in TWN law and backed by research from leading experts has confirmed that these risks are unacceptable.

A Vision for the Future – Help Make TWN Solar a Reality!

I grew up working on a show called “The Beachcombers.”  As a budding actress and a cast member of a somewhat iconic west coast show, I often thought in terms of cultural references that were drawn from the world of entertainment. That show, for people around the world, defined the rugged West Coast of Canada.

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