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As Feds and Alberta talk, Indigenous rights left out of Trans Mountain debate – APTN News

by pmnationtalk on April 12, 201861 Views

April 12, 2018

As Ottawa, Alberta and British Columbia draw battle lines over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, First Nations leaders say there’s too much focus on politics – and not enough on the Indigenous rights and people fighting to protect unceded land.

“They’re trying to sweep us under the rug wherever they can,” said Serge Simon, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Nation of Kahnesatake, and head of the Treaty Alliance Against the Tar Sands Expansion who has joined the protest movement in Burnaby, B.C.

“They refuse to acknowledge that it’s the First Nations out west that are prepared to be arrested,” he said. “They’re prepared to go all-out to prevent this from being built.

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