ACTIVIST CLAIM: Eco colonialist group – Leadnow – continues their disrespectful campaign of speaking for First Nations who want to speak for themselves.
THE FACTS: Bands within the Secwépemc Nation are eager to buy a share of the Trans Mountain pipeline. They have consented to the pipeline and activists are trying to silence Indigenous voices hindering their economic opportunities.
In the middle of a climate emergency, and without the consent of the Secwépemc people, the federal government just approved another $10 billion loan for TMX from the public purse.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about Trans Mountain.
- Bands within the Secwepemc want to buy a share of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
- As of January 2021, Trans Mountain Corp. has signed agreements with 73 communities along its path, including many Secwepemc communities. 120 of the 129 total communities that could be affected by Trans Mountain support or do not oppose the project.
- Many elected leaders of the directly impacted Secwepemc nations are supporters of the pipeline and elected councils have signed mutual benefits agreements for employment and financial benefits for Secwepemc in the Kamloops area. At least 8 of their communities have signed benefits agreements or have no concerns about the project’s impacts. These include the Canim Lake Band, Simpcw First Nation, Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc, Whispering Pines/ Clinton Indian Band, Skeetchestn Indian Band, Bonaparte Indian Band, Williams Lake Indian Band, and Soda Creek Band.
- Activist groups such as the Tiny House Warriors have been asked numerous times to leave by some of the elected chiefs of the Simpcw & Tk’emlups te Secwepemc communities as their communities support the pipeline project. The Tiny House Warriors have also been accused of harassing locals.
- Indigenous leaders fear that activism from environmental organizations has become a form of “Eco-Colonialism” where many non-indigenous groups claim to represent Indigenous voices. This happened the entirety of the Coastal GasLink protests in winter 2020.
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