Government to restart Indigenous consultation on Trans Mountain pipeline

Austin Czerwinski / October 3, 2018

Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi announced that the government will not dispute the Court of Appeal’s decision to delay the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

The government has assigned ex-Supreme Court Judge Frank Iacobucci as head of a committee that will consult First Nations affected by the project.

The past September court hearing concluded that the federal government had not properly negotiated with indigenous communities before greenlighting the expansion.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament, Nathan Cullen disputes the sincerity of the announcement.

Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party is upset by yet another delay on the expansion.

In their announcement , the government has yet to confirm a timeline for when and how the consultation will be implemented.

The Hon. Frank Iacobucci has had prior experience consulting with indigenous groups.