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Kamloops to host Picnics NOT Pipelines on Sunday, April 22

KAMLOOPS (SECWEPEMC TERRITORY) – Indigenous peoples living upstream from Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby pipeline terminal say their very existence is already under threat from the massive expansion project.

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty spokeswoman Dawn Morrison says proceeding without prior and informed consent is illegal and has increased the risk and uncertainty the bitumen pipeline poses. She says opposition to the pipeline upstream is growing and the Working Group is hosting a family-friendly Picnics Not Pipelines educational event in Kamloops on Sunday, April 22.

The Working Group says that while much of the focus has been on the very real risks to the Salish Sea, Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project has already negatively impacted rivers and salmon habitat upstream, as well as the social and economic well being of Indigenous food economies. Anti-spawning mats placed in streams by Kinder Morgan have been removed by activists concerned about the threat to wild salmon - a cultural and ecological keystone species already seriously endangered.

“We see people rising up in strength and resiliency to stop and prevent any further damage to our rivers, oceans, lands and dignity in the traditional territories where we have been the title holders and stewards for thousands of years,” says Morrison. She adds that financial promises made by Kinder Morgan to some band councils in the region “do not represent the whole Secwepemc Nation or the nations downstream who have always shared and protected the entire Fraser Basin watershed through inter-tribal networks.”

The food sovereignty advocacy group calls the failure to include Indigenous representatives at last Sunday’s meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and BC “a continuation of the historical injustice of blocking Indigenous peoples from the very decisions that impact them.” It adds that threats of military or economic oppression of Indigenous peoples will only further inflame racist tension and ignorance.

“The wild salmon provide a powerful metaphor for working in unity to overcome adversity in the struggle to protect and maintain the health and integrity of our lands and waterways,” says Morrison. “Indigenous peoples are reinforcing their vital role in conserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of humanity - we are connected to a global movement of 200 million small-scale farmers, fishers and Indigenous peoples mobilizing under the banner of food sovereignty.”


Media Contact: Dawn Morrison 778 879 5106

Event: Picnics NOT Pipelines

Date: Sunday, April 22 11 am – 5 pm

Location: Mission Flats Park, 2710 Mission Flats Rd., Kamloops, BC

#foodnotoil #swimming upstream #clean water

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March 15-16, 10am, BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe St. Vancouver

Opponents of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline faced the Texas oil giant at an injunction applicaton hearing in B.C. Supreme Court today.



In the spring of 2017, a judicial review to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion was filed  by the Tsleil-Waututh (North Vancouver), Sto:lo (upper Fraser Valley), Coldwater and Upper Nicola bands (Merritt) and the Stk’emlupsemc Te Secwepemc (Kamloops). Also included were the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society.


The review was heard in October 2017, and throughout the province the project is at a standstill until the federal government makes a decision - except in Burnaby. Kinder Morgan got approval to begin expanding the Westridge Marine Terminal and tank farm on Burnaby Mountan. 


The National Energy Board allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local laws and  permits after the company argued that it's a federal project. The City of Burnaby is appealing that decision. The B.C. government is also working to restrict any increase of diluted bitumen passing through the province while it studies spill impacts. In February, the NEB granted Kinder Morgan permission to build a pipeline tunnel through Burnaby Mountan to connect its tank farm to its tanker terminal on Burrard Inlet.


Camp Cloud

A grassroots group of pipeline opponents set up Camp Cloud KM Surveillance last November near the main Westbridge Marine Terminal gate to track developments. Five days later, the City of Burnaby evicted them, placing giant cement blocks where they had been parked. Camp Cloud KM Surveillance relocated to outside the tank farm and continued to keep tabs on any expansion work.  Last Wednesday, the mass clearing of trees began. It’s estimated about 400 trees have aready been cleared, and that number is climbing daily.


There have been nine arrests since Camp Cloud was set up. Notably, last Thursday - on International Women’s Day - three women chained themselves to trees, slowing down work for hours. The RCMP officers who arrested them were all men. They sexually assaulted one woman, making her strip off her layers of clothes, then gave her a t-shirt - an experience she said felt degrading and disrespectful. She told them: “You're lucky I let you arrest me, because you're criminalizing people who are defending the water you drink”.


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In Court

Last Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted Kinder Morgan a temporary  interim injunction against 15 activists. The company can now use the RCMP to forcibly remove and arrest these people if they are found within 50 metres  of "Kinder Morgan property".


That temporary injunction was granted one day before a mass Save The Inlet protest brought out an estimated 10,000 people to show their opposition to the project. During the protest, the Tsleil Wututh built a traditional Kwekwecnewtxw house (“the place to watch from”) near the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm.


Today, those protesters named in the application argued on three major points:

1. Indigenous Peoples have the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent to any development on their territory. Tsleil Waututh, Secwepemc and other Indigenous peoples have made their opposition to this pipeline clear and we stand with them.


2. This injunction puts Kinder Morgan’s pursuit of profit above people’s safety, livelihood, and ability to exercise free expression and to move freely on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Further, the over-use of injunctions in B.C. against social movements represents a large-scale assault on our civil liberties.


3.We have been told repeatedly that KM security and the RCMP are acting in the interests of our safety. We assert that transporting tar sands bitumen across land and water for export constitutes reckless endangerment and it is we who have acted in good conscience for the safety of our families, communities and ecosystem.


The lawyer for Kinder Morgan spoke all morning and those named in the applicaton began to speak in the afternoon. The hearing will reconvene tomorrow  at the B.C. Supreme Court starting at 10 am at 800 Smithe St.,  Courtroom 55.


Quotes from some of the defendants

“Kinder Morgan is doing its job safeguarding the interests of its shareholders. And I, a mom, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, am doing my job safeguarding the interests of my community, our young, and our ecosystem.” - Bina Salimath


“What Kinder Morgan is doing is classic colonialism: the wealthy and powerful coming into someone else's space and forcing their will on the people and environment with no concern for either in order to further enrich themselves.” - David Mivasair


“I have lived and raised my daughters in Coquitlam. Everyone from Coquitlam knows that you don't get in between a Mama bear and her cubs! The Kinder Morgan Expansion Pipeline is threatening my children's future; the Salmon; and the Resident Orcas. Kinder Morgan you don't want to piss off Mama Bear!” - Sandra Ang


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UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORY - Anti-pipeline groups rallied outside a TD Bank and the Kinder Morgan Westbridge Marine Terminal yesterday. The TD was targeted for its investment in Texas-based KM's expansion of its TransMountain bitumen pipeline to the Pacific coast.

The event was organized by Vancouver350, Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder Morgan Expansion and The Wilderness Committee.

RCMP violently arrested two elders from the nearby Camp Cloud KM Surveillance Camp earlier this week. 

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