The Government of Canada has sought to hire a firm to conduct a financial analysis of its Trans Mountain Pipeline and to hire a facilitator to assist the indigenous community in at least one group status in British Columbia.
“It’s a joke,” Chief Mike LeBourdais, head of the B.C.-based Western Indigenous Pipeline Group, said in a phone interview about the contract. “They are going to advise the Indians on whether buying a pipeline is good or not.”
The government issued a tender notice on December 23 for an agreement with the finance department to support participating indigenous groups in making informed decisions about their economic participation in the Trans Mountains and their participation in the department’s engagement process, “according to the document, which was updated this week.
A statement issued on January 11 said the government was trying to recruit individuals or groups to bring tribal groups and government officials together in unilateral talks.
Kinder Morgan faced stiff opposition to the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
At least three groups in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have banded together by buying a portion of the Trans Mountain from the government, which bought Alberta-to-BC. The pipeline was originally owned by Kinder Morgan Inc. in 2018 at a cost of 6.3 billion. The pipeline was nationalized to save a project to expand the line after BC threatened to destroy it amid opposition.
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