(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – November 20, 2014) Earlier today the Burnaby RCMP entered unceded Coast Salish Territories on Burnaby Mountain, enforced an injunction and arrested twenty-four protectors that were there to safe-guard public parklands from Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
“The Union of BC Indian Chiefs stands in solidarity with those that have been arrested and we will continue to stand in support with those on the Mountain to uphold and defend Indigenous rights, land rights and human rights,” stated Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “It is infuriating and beyond frustrating that we are faced with this provocative and heavy handed approach by the RCMP when at this time the City of Burnaby’s court proceedings have not even been completed. Kinder Morgan is despoiling the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area to brazenly push ahead with their proposed expanded pipeline in the face of massive opposition.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip concluded “The Union of BC Indian Chiefs stands with those on the Mountain protecting this area from further development and we call on the provincial and federal governments to reject the Kinder Morgan proposal and to respect the laws and authority of the Coast Salish to protect their respective territories, land, fisheries and surrounding ecosystem from the very real potential and increased risk of oil spills and increased coast tanker traffic travelling the Salish Sea.”
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Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, (604) 684-0231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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