Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: The anti-pipeline Tiny House Warriors falsely claim in a video that Trans Mountain is violating Secwepemc human rights and territorial authority by building an accommodation camp for workers.
THE FACTS: The communities that the Tiny House Warriors have occupied with their protest camps support the Trans Mountain pipeline project.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about:
- The Tiny House Warriors have been asked numerous times to leave by 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.
- Greenpeace Canada is a major backer of the Tiny House Warriors. Some First Nations leaders have called tactics like this to be a form of eco colonialism that does not respect their right to self-determination.
- Many elected leaders of the directly impacted Secwepemc nations are supporters of the pipeline and 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.
- As of January 2021, Trans Mountain Corp. has signed agreements with 73 communities along its path, include many Secwepemc communities. 120 of the 129 total communities that could be effected by Trans Mountain support or do not oppose the project.