Tsleil-Waututh Nation appeals to Supreme Court of Canada in Trans Mountain lawsuit

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is taking the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) to the Supreme Court of Canada. TWN is seeking leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal’s September 4th decision, which granted leave to six First Nations, but significantly limited the grounds that the First Nations, including Tsleil-Waututh, could argue.

“We are taking this issue to the Supreme Court of Canada not only to stand up for our inherent and constitutionally protected rights,


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,

Together against TMX: First Nations launch new round of legal challenges

For Immediate Release – July 9, 2019

Vancouver, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories

Several First Nations officially launched their appeals of the recent re-approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tanker Expansion Project (TMX) today. If successful, these legal challenges could once again stop the project in its tracks by quashing or nullifying the approval,

Trudeau’s Trans Mountain Approval “Disappointing,” not surprising; “Tsleil-Waututh Does Not Consent,” Chief Leah George-Wilson

Vancouver, BC, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories

Prime Minister Trudeau today announced the federal cabinet’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, following a second round of consultations and a National Energy Board reconsideration.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation recently engaged in a renewed consultation process with the federal government, following the 2018 Federal Court of Appeal ruling that found Canada had not meaningfully consulted First Nations during the first round of engagement.

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.

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