First Nations Friday – Leaders met with Kinder Morgan as Pipeline looks to proceed

First Nations leaders meet with Kinder Morgan this week as pipeline looks closer to succeeding


CalgaryMay 11, 2018  –

Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band (Secwepemc Nation) presented the resolution from the New York State common retirement fund that asks Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report that lays out the company’s environmental, social and governance risks, including risks to human rights and Indigenous communities.

According to the UBCIC, the resolution passed with support from a majority of stockholders.

“… at the AGM, I was overwhelmed and impressed with the understanding from stockholders of the need to have our Indigenous title and rights, and treaty rights, respected in order for their investments to have any certainty,” Wilson said in a press release.

Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life.

From CBC — 

As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.

About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley stated yesterday she remains confident that the talks aimed at getting construction of the pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before the deadline.

Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the May 31 that the expansion can proceed.

According to sources, Alberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are still in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built.

I still don’t know how I feel about the government stepping in to fund a pipeline.. but that’s another day!

It’s up to the public AND shareholders to hold them to their words

For what it’s worth, I hope First Nations groups see this as a sign Kinder Morgan is willing to cooperate with concerned groups instead of just walking away. 

According to the Calgary Herald, The pipeline has been operational since 1953 without catastrophe. 

That’s your First Nations Friday

Cheers!

Kelly Hall

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