On April 22, 2017, the communities of Aitchelitz First Nation, Skowkale First Nation, Shxwhá:y Village, Soowahlie Indian Band, Squiala First Nation, Tzeachten First Nation, Yakweakwioose First Nation, Skwah First Nation and Kwaw Kwaw Apilt First Nation voted to refuse to accept an agreement with Kinder Morgan about the Transmountain pipeline that would go through their territory.
This leaves the Ts'elxweyeqw Tribe free to participate in a judicial review of the federal government approval of the pipeline and tanker project.
"Today, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe came together to vote on the Kinder Morgan Mutual Benefits Agreement and the result is a NO vote.
This decision is following years of research, negotiation, and dialogue with members. We thank everyone that came out to vote and was engaged throughout the process. We will work on behalf of members to honor this decision and to explore all options available to protect our territory."