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Indigenous Peoples Want Canada to Start Listening – Sierra Club

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 201859 Views

Sep 14 2018

Auntie Gloria’s clam fritters were legendary in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Reuben George remembers them well. Back in 1953—the same year that the Trans Mountain pipeline was first put in use, carrying crude oil from Alberta to the coast British Columbia in Burnaby acrossfrom Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory—George would often walk out to the Burrard Inlet at low tide near his home to a bounty of oceanic delights, where people could simply pluck clams and other culinary treasures straight from the sea. Auntie Gloria’s fritters were in abundance back then.

That’s one of the memories that keeps him, his family, and other Coast Salish Nations motivated to continue their fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline. Tsleil-Waututh is one of several First Nations in Canada, along with the Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian Band, that scored a resounding victory against Trans Mountain in the Federal Court of Appeal on August 30. The court found that the federal government’s review of the proposed expansion of the pipeline was fatally flawed.

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