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Not all First Nations oppose Trans Mountain – will protesters listen to them? – Burnaby Now

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 201977 Views

February 11, 2019

As the inevitable resumption of protests against the Trans Mountain pipeline project hovers into view, a growing schism is being played out between the environmental protest movement and some First Nations leaders.

While non-aboriginal protesters find it easy to take on natural resource companies and various governments, they may find it much tougher to pick a sustained fight with First Nations who support the projects they oppose.

While many First Nations oppose the project (Indigenous people built the protest Watch House next to the Burnaby Mountain tank farm) more than 30 First Nations actually support it as an economic development vehicle to address issues such as poverty, health care and education.

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