The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations supports the Federal Appeals Court rejection of Ottawa’s approval for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
FSIN leaders say there wasn’t enough consultation with the First Nations along the route.
Vice Chief Heather Bear says the Federal Government made a costly mistake since the project may be held up in the courts for years stressing governments can’t repeatedly run rough shod over the treaty rights of First Nations.
Bear says the National Energy Board has failed First Nations peoples in this case as it was supposed to ensure there was adequate consultation.
Ottawa based its approval of the pipeline expansion on the National Energy Board review of the project. The Appeals Court ruled the review was flawed.