Looking at the difference between Alberta and B.C. First Nations when it comes to the Trans Mountain

APTN recently drove the 1,150 km pipeline route from Burnaby, B.C., to Edmonton, Alta in the heat of the Trans Mountain pipeline debate. Kinder Morgan said it is putting all non-essential work on hold – and gave the federal government a deadline of May 31 to clear the path, or it would pull out.

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APTN recently drove the 1,150 km pipeline route from Burnaby, B.C., to Edmonton, Alta in the heat of the Trans Mountain pipeline debate.

Kinder Morgan, the company behind the pipeline said it is putting all non-essential work on hold – and gave the federal government a deadline of May 31 to clear the path, or it would pull out.

The prime minister said he would make it happen. And the premiers of B.C. and Alberta are currently locked in a war of words over the project.

APTN News hit the ground to talk to people in communities that line the pipeline about their concerns, and needs.

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.

8 thoughts on “Looking at the difference between Alberta and B.C. First Nations when it comes to the Trans Mountain

  1. So just how many times in your lifetime ought you be expected to compromise your values before you realize you’ve been used? And do you really believe if there were a catastrophic spill along a major river route or in the Salish Sea the fish and wildlife that inhabit the region will be able to compromise too.

    Have you talked to anyone who used to fish on the Kalamazoo River drainage area of Michigan how the fishing is today. More than 900,000 gallons of dilbit infused bitumen poured into that river system when an Enbridge “state-of-the-at”t pipeline burst in 2010.

    And here I had thought that “consultations” rather than “compromises” was the new truth for First Nations.

  2. Typical government strategy to pass their projects accross FN lands. Compromise your values, sell out your future générations for short-term gain. Comparable to offering a man who is down on his luck or just barely getting by a $1M to sleep with his wife.

  3. So just how many times in your lifetime ought you be expected to compromise your values before you realize you’ve been used? And do you really believe if there were a catastrophic spill along a major river route or in the Salish Sea the fish and wildlife that inhabit the region will be able to compromise too.

    Have you talked to anyone who used to fish on the Kalamazoo River drainage area of Michigan how the fishing is today. More than 900,000 gallons of dilbit infused bitumen poured into that river system when an Enbridge “state-of-the-at”t pipeline burst in 2010.

    And here I had thought that “consultations” rather than “compromises” was the new truth for First Nations.

  4. Typical government strategy to pass their projects accross FN lands. Compromise your values, sell out your future générations for short-term gain. Comparable to offering a man who is down on his luck or just barely getting by a $1M to sleep with his wife.

  5. Who benefits from the pipeline – AB & BC the most but all Canadians.
    Who owns responsibility for a spill into the ocean – Federal Government not B.C. but of course spill could cause havoc.
    Oil is needed for some 40 to 50 years yet because Federal Govt has not promoted or enforced alternative energies as they should have for last 20 years.
    Saying all of this the truth and fact remains we need oil the money that brings, the jobs that brings and pipelines are the safest method of transporting oil “known world wide” – pipelinea do not polute oceans – tankers do.
    Maybe B.C. govt officals need more of their own fish oil to stimulate some measure of intelect or enough to realize these facts.
    Saying all of this the blame for thia situation are the PC’s federally and in Alberta for the short sighted greed and allowances for the corporate low tax rate whom benefited more than any Canadian citizens have or ever will financially – so both AB and BC govt’ have decent reasons for their own concerns, spills ans all and any future environmental concerns should have been pre paid by those oil companies and all construction of protections shouldnhave been pre built and pre paid if the federal rules under the PC governments as well as aome liberal govt’s – therefore NDP’S do not ruin your own public good fame by fighting among yourselves, show your ability to govern with great environmental concerns, common citizen concerns (not big business concerns) work this out together and just maybe Canadians will return to a more social desire if we can keep our lofe style – so again ” work it out – negotiate a deal” or forever allow Canada to drive further to corporate greed and less social protections – please work this out!

  6. Who benefits from the pipeline – AB & BC the most but all Canadians.
    Who owns responsibility for a spill into the ocean – Federal Government not B.C. but of course spill could cause havoc.
    Oil is needed for some 40 to 50 years yet because Federal Govt has not promoted or enforced alternative energies as they should have for last 20 years.
    Saying all of this the truth and fact remains we need oil the money that brings, the jobs that brings and pipelines are the safest method of transporting oil “known world wide” – pipelinea do not polute oceans – tankers do.
    Maybe B.C. govt officals need more of their own fish oil to stimulate some measure of intelect or enough to realize these facts.
    Saying all of this the blame for thia situation are the PC’s federally and in Alberta for the short sighted greed and allowances for the corporate low tax rate whom benefited more than any Canadian citizens have or ever will financially – so both AB and BC govt’ have decent reasons for their own concerns, spills ans all and any future environmental concerns should have been pre paid by those oil companies and all construction of protections shouldnhave been pre built and pre paid if the federal rules under the PC governments as well as aome liberal govt’s – therefore NDP’S do not ruin your own public good fame by fighting among yourselves, show your ability to govern with great environmental concerns, common citizen concerns (not big business concerns) work this out together and just maybe Canadians will return to a more social desire if we can keep our lofe style – so again ” work it out – negotiate a deal” or forever allow Canada to drive further to corporate greed and less social protections – please work this out!

  7. They’re not transporting oil… it’s Bitumen, It is what we used to call tar. It is solid, it does not spill. Pure greed is what it is.

  8. They’re not transporting oil… it’s Bitumen, It is what we used to call tar. It is solid, it does not spill. Pure greed is what it is.

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