Pledges and Pipelines

Speaking of “Churn”, yesterday’s announcement by Canada’s Liberal government approving the Line 3 and Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) petroleum pipelines (but squashing the Northern Gateway) has lit a fuse. I recieved, this morning, a declaration from the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) vowing resistance to the pipelines and calling for aid, which I here reproduce in full.

November 29, 2016

Of Climate Change and Relationships: Federal Approval of Kinder Morgan and Line 3 a Total Betrayal

(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – November 29, 2016) Today, Canada approved the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, while dismissing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and committing to advance a tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated “We are outraged with Prime Minister Trudeau’s cavalier ‘50/50’ announcement, and with the sheer audacity of his refusal to acknowledge the serious erosion of Indigenous rights and the extreme impacts on climate change that will certainly result from approval of Kinder Morgan TMX and Line 3. We absolutely and categorically reject his sunny assertion that approving these two pipelines is the only way to protect the environment and grow the economy. This is simply not true and conjures up the ghost of his predecessor Stephen Harper, in making decisions that are not based in science. Prime Minister Trudeau committed to overhaul the CEAA and NEB processes before any major decisions would be made by his government. He lied.”

Today’s approval is in direct contradiction to Canada’s commitment to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which includes that “States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.” It has been made very clear to the government that all impacted Indigenous Nations have NOT provided their free, prior and informed consent.

Grand Chief Phillip concluded, “Last week I walked with nearly 5,000 people through the streets of Vancouver in opposition to the Kinder Morgan TMX pipeline, and we pledged to do whatever it takes to stop the pipeline from going through. Ultimately, as the Trudeau government is well aware, these projects will not succeed. The opposition is too great, and we will remain united, strong and determined.”

By resolution, the UBCIC Chiefs Council has unanimously called for any climate change plan developed by Canada to stop the further expansion of fossil fuel production and export, and support development of alternative energy and alternative energy economies. The UBCIC supports the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, which has more than 100 signatory Nations and Tribes throughout North America including 56 Nations in British Columbia and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the US, and is an expression of Indigenous Law prohibiting the pipelines/trains/tankers that will feed the expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands.

Media inquiries:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Phone: (604) 684-0231

For further information on the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion visit and visit Coast Protectors to take the pledge!

I have taken the pledge, along with about 10,000 others so far, to stand with the Treaty Alliance in the event that the pipeline construction proceeds. We are all Treaty People, and treaties are promises and pledges I intend to keep. That will be my own personal act of resistance and defiance of “post-truth society”.




7 responses to “Pledges and Pipelines”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    “Today’s decision is an integral part of our plan to uphold the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions”, insists PM Justin Trudeau.

    Reminds me of something else from an earlier time of “churn”: “We had to destroy the village in order to save it, sir!”

  2. abdulmonem says :

    The churn of betrayal is echoing across the highs and the dales of our earth. There is something strange in the air. Standing rock attractions of all these different colors and cultures, surpassing all the conventional barriers is a catching attention event, without forgetting the ascendancy of the violence and corruption in the middle east. Oppressors are fearful of the oppressed. See all these armed police in front of a weaponless people whose only ammunition is the words that demand safe environment. It is really a corrupted system that does not know limit to its greed. A system that has reached the highest point of its arrogance heralding its descent. It is the cycles of dark time and light time that god has built in the structure of his universe that never miss its appointed turn, a turn that we do not know when it strikes,but we are feeling their warning signs across our inflicted earth. it is time for both the oppressors and the oppressed to wake up and to know that we are not living in a godless universe, but under a tent of a watchful god whose attention misses nothing but his program is to give the humans the time to move to ward correction before his certain involvement when he finds that the humans has reached a hopeless state. We should not think that what is going on is outside his plan.

  3. Scott Preston says :

    An excellent article by Moira Weigel in today’s Guardian on the “crypto-politics” (good term) implicit in the supposed anti-political correctness posturing of the alt-right.

    “Political correctness” is just a fancy term for dogmatism and rigid thinking. It’s a symptom of deficiient perspectivisation itself (the mind frozen in its “point-of-view” sometimes referred to as “reification”) . Such dogmatic attitudes aren’t the preserve of the left, the liberals, or conservatives. But as Weigel points out, it’s become a wedge issue for the right’s “crypto politics” — to enfold things like human and civil rights, constitutionality, rule of law, or even truth-telling and common decency within the purview of detested “political correctness”.

    In those terms, it’s quite duplicitous, and Weigel does a good job of revealing that as “crypto-politics”

  4. davidm58 says :

    Andrew Nikiforuk, author of the excellent “Tar Sands” book, has an excellent post on “Trudeau’s Six Unanswered Questions on Kinder Morgan Expansion,” written a couple of days before the announcement. He’s well summarized the major points of contention that the ministerial panel report on the project identified,

    Key point: “‘We’re being invited to acquiesce to a pipeline expansion that offers no chance at all’ of keeping the commitments that the federal government made in the 2015 Paris climate talks.”

  5. abdulmonem says :

    As there is healthy meme, there is sick meme, some ideas constructive, some are destructive, Another manifestation of the paradox principle. Political correctness is the language of the post-truth era, where truth is submerged in the name of appropriateness and lies become the acceptable replacement ,just like propaganda and advertisement. The problem is not in who first used it or what groups, with all the detailed verbosity but in the damaging impact of such behaviour on the collective and the individual soul. It is sad that while we are busy detailing and fragmenting the problems under hand, the abyss under our feet is widening and deepening. It is what we denied is coming back in a quite striking patterns. The revelatory language is coming back in all different terms,intuition, integral consciousness,new renaissance etc etc. We started with the spirit and we end with the spirit. Our walk on the circumference of the circle is taking us back to the original point, from him we started and to him we return, if only we come to realize that there a domineering force that is ruling our universe ,whose main message is truth and justice and that the humans are going to be asked about his words and actions. The masks that have been put on the eyes of the people ever since the deniers took the rein in the western societies. It is time to destroy the masks.

  6. Andrew says :

    Another perspective on Alberta and pipelines: the province new the consequences of C02 pollution by 1950! They had a window of opportunity which easy access fuel gave them; they could have used that wealth over those years to diversify their economy but instead chose to squander that wealth and now want corporate welfare from the rest of Canada!
    Another aspect of this is the enabling of addiction to these fuels in the far east! Global corporatism is doing nothing to force the far-east to live within their means!
    But Trudeau is handcuffed by 1850 economic models and the inheritance of the early 20th century oligarchy ( the Rockefeller/Rothschild legacy)….
    On the world-class clean-up method: why can’t this method be tested publicly? Show us the test method on a small lake and create the controlled conditions so we can all see the efficacy of this world class clean up method. And why won’t this be done? Because it is B.S. !

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