With an eagle soaring overhead, American and Canadian Coast Salish people gathered on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, B.C. to do prayers in advance of their presentations to oppose the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the National Energy Board hearings.
“We can’t sustain the continued destruction,” said American Deborah Parker, a councilwoman of the Tulalip tribe from the U.S. state of Washington on Wednesday.
“This is heaven! Right here. This is heaven. And if we take care of that heaven. Then she will take care of us.”
Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan is proposing to triple the flow of Alberta oilsands bitumen to B.C’s coast, by crossing rivers and territories considered sacred to indigenous people on both sides of the 49th parallel.
The project would also multiple oil tankers from 60 per year to more than 400, according to the company.