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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.

BC’s Trans Mountain conditions leave significant gaps in spill response – Tsleil-Waututh Nation

BC’s Trans Mountain conditions leave significant gaps in spill response – Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Tsleil-Waututh Territory- On Thursday, February 24, the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation issued their changes to the province’s Environmental Assessment Certificate of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (“the Project”),

TWN says Yes to renewable energy

Yesterday, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) officially unveiled a major new solar power installation. The 350 solar panels will supply power to the TWN Administration building, saving an estimated $29,000 in energy costs each year, and making it the largest ground-mount solar power project in Metro Vancouver. This is the second solar power project in the Tsleil-Waututh community,

Annual Energy Futures Report Released Today

(Image Credit: CER 2020)

The black trend line shows what happens to crude oil supply if no climate action is taken. The pink dotted trend line shows crude supply available if modest climate actions are taken. The pink trend line indicates that if the pipelines are built, there will be significantly more pipeline capacity than there is crude oil available for export.


Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band announce they are seeking leave for appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.  These four First Nations have fought and challenged the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project through every Federal court. They now intend to seek a challenge at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Media Advisory

Media Advisory


WHAT: Online Press Conference discussing appeal of TMX Coldwater decision to the Supreme Court of Canada

WHO: Leadership from First Nations appealing the TMX approvals to the SCC will discuss the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal

-Chief Leah George-Wilson &

Tsleil-Waututh Nation file a new appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

This morning, Monday April 6th, Tsleil-Waututh Nation filed a new appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in the continuing effort to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline. We invite you to join a Webinar being hosted by RAVEN Trust tomorrow afternoon at 4pm PT. Indigenous leaders from Tsleil-Waututh, Coldwater and Squamish Nations will be there live,


The Supreme Court of Canada has denied leave to appeal a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal from September 4th, 2019 which significantly limited the grounds that the First Nations, including Tsleil-Waututh, could argue in the recent Coldwater case.  Tsleil-Waututh announced today that they would appeal the Coldwater decision, which upheld the approval of  the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) after finding consultation to be adequate.

Federal Court Decision Disappointing, But Not the End of the Story

Tsleil-Waututh Nation is disappointed in today’s decision by the Federal Court of Appeal, but this is not the end of the story. 


“We are disappointed by today’s decision from the Federal Court of Appeal. In our view consultation was inadequate. Tsleil-Waututh was ready to sit at the consultation table to engage in meaningful dialogue and meaningful consultation,

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