A stunning win for Indigenous Nations!
On August 30th, Federal Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Indigenous Nations in their legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan project. Thanks to courageous leadership by First Nations, backed by an amazing community of committed allies, we made history together.
Construction on the pipeline must now stop as the judge quashed the Order in Council permitting the project. Citing concerns around failure to take into account impacts from increased tanker traffic and failure to adequately consult First Nations, the judge recommends that Canada go back to the drawing board and re-do the whole consultation process around Trans Mountain.
There is no distance we can’t travel when we go together.
“We must reflect on our journey up to this point: I’d like to thank that massive infrastructure that was pulled together in terms of our grassroots people, Indigenous leadership and, particularly, I’d like to express my gratitude to all of those people who worked so hard to raise the funds to be able to finance this campaign.” — Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
This is what the Pull Together campaign has been working towards for years: not only a victory in the courts, but a drawing together of a powerful movement of Indigenous Peoples with allies willing to stand on the right side of history and do the work to put reconciliation into action.