Recent news reports announced the launch of a new non-profit Indigenous organization trying to buy the federally owned Trans Mountain Pipeline system. But delays and cost overruns resulting from climate disasters like forest fires and floods mean that the commercial viability of TMX is as bad as ever, and it seems destined to be a money-losing stranded asset. However, neither the Crown Corporation nor the Federal government have provided an updated cost estimate in two years when it jumped to $12.6B. Transparency and accountability have been lacking since the federal government unilaterally bailed out Kinder Morgan with taxpayer funds. Indigenous communities and the Canadian public deserve to know the financial health of TMX before pouring any more money down the drain. The project still does not have consent from all Indigenous nations and title holders along the pipeline route. As long as TMX is being forced through Indigenous territories without consent, there can be no reconciliation or claims of climate leadership. Sign the petition below to demand that the federal government pause construction and conduct a formal review of TMX.   SIGN THE PETITION NOW    

A traditional four day spiritual fast offered up sacred prayers for the waters and all life as Trans Mountain plans to drill and pull pipe through a 1.4 linear km hole under the Fraser River, the most vital waterway in British Columbia, diverting 26 million litres of water.  Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith band of the Secwepemc Nation and Sara Cadeau, Anishinaabe kwe, aunty, community organizer and traditional wellness practitioner, held a four-day ceremonial fast at the Fraser River in September calling on colonial Canada to cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The event followed a Save the Fraser ceremony led by Kukpi7 Judy Wilson in partnership with Dogwood in May of 2021. Construction of the pipeline will have devastating and irreversible impacts on salmon, fish, and traditional cultural uses of the waters by local Indigenous peoples. The possibility of spills of diluted bitumen risk the land where the pipeline crosses and the waters through which oil supertankers will transport the toxic stuff down to refineries in California. 

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April 26, 2021, Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Burnaby, BC)— A four month federal stop work order has been issued on Trans Mountain’s pipeline construction, the result of local community members discovering hummingbird nests during tree cutting in the area. The delay, according to an earlier affidavit by a Trans Mountain executive, would push the pipeline’s construction date past 2022, adding millions to the taxpayer-funded project.   Photos by Donna Clark  

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Flood social media with #StopTMX during the global climate summit   Today Justin Trudeau is headed to President Biden’s hotly anticipated global climate summit and will be doing his best to look like a climate leader. But we know better: Canada’s emissions are rising, the Liberals handed over $18 billion to the fossil fuel industry since the pandemic began - oh, and they bought a pipeline.  So here’s the plan: when Trudeau and his team go online this week to talk up his climate action, we’ll be there to make it clear that as long as he champions the climate-wrecking, money-losing Trans Mountain pipeline, he will be a climate hypocrite, not a climate leader. You can help out no matter where you live or who your MP is. We're flooding the #EarthDay2021 hashtag to remind the world that Climate Leaders Don't Build Pipelines!   

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  You can follow along with this guide, which contains the actions we took and ways to get involved in both the fight to stop Line 3 and the fight to stop the Tran Mountain pipeline and tanker project.  You can click to interact with the slides used during the event here, or scroll down below the video

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Unceded Coast Salish Territories (BURNABY, BC) — A local Community Nest Finding Network confirmed suspicions on Sunday that an Anna's Hummingbird nest has been destroyed by Trans Mountain Canada. The Crown corporation has been clearcutting the Brunette River Conservation Area in its construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline. Tree cutting and total removal of all vegetation has been happening quickly near the Brunette since the company was given the go-ahead to cut, despite not having permits from City of Burnaby. Heavy machines destroyed the trunk of the thin tree this hummingbird was nesting in. "I was very sad to discover this loss" says Sara Ross, co-founder of the Community Nest Finding Network (CNFN). "These tiny and fierce birds symbolize hope for many people and cultures. To witness nests being directly threatened and damaged by a tar sands expansion project - endorsed by the Trudeau government - is a disgrace." She continues, "This is the third nest that has disappeared. It is nesting season for birds, Trans Mountain should not be cutting any trees."

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  Kick off Earth Week in a good way together on April 18. Come for a water blessing and stay to take action on the banks funding Line3 and insurers of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Sunday April 18  3pm Pacific time|4pm Mountain|5pm Central|6pm Eastern RSVP NOW  

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  (March 24, 2001; Toronto, ON) Today a network of groups launched “RBC Revealed” to inform Canadians, investors, and shareholders about the misleading environmental claims of Canada’s largest bank, which continues to funnel billions into fossil fuels. The launch comes the same day as new global data from Rainforest Action Network and partners reveals the extent of RBC’s and other Canadian big banks’ fossil fuel financing. In Banking on Climate Chaos, the respected annual global ranking of banks financing fossil fuels shows that since the Paris Climate Agreement, RBC has financed C$208 billion in fossil fuels, with the big five Canadian banks collectively financing C$726 billion, including C$299 billion in expansion projects. “By continuing to provide project-critical financing to projects such as Enbridge’s Line 3, RBC is directly trampling upon the rights of First Nations peoples that have been recognized and affirmed through the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including that of Free, Prior and Informed Consent,” stated Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “RBC must be accountable to their direct contributions to the endangerment of Indigenous Title and Rights, health, and welfare by immediately adopting the principle of FPIC and taking substantive action to stop funding industrial megaprojects that do not have Indigenous consent.”        

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