The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that an indigenous interest in the Trans Mountain pipeline will not end the national debate about whether an expansion of the project should proceed, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, who described the project to expand the pipeline as divisive.
The Globe's Justin Giovannetti writes that after meeting with most of Canada's premiers at the Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan, Mr. Bellegarde said that groups that hold title along the pipeline's path from Edmonton to Vancouver should determine whether a proposed expansion is built.
"Canadians are divided, premiers are divided, chiefs are divided. I'd encourage dialogue, discussion, debate and that the rights and titleholders determine the best next steps," said Mr. Bellegarde.
A number of indigenous groups from across Western Canada have come forward with proposals to buy a portion of the now federally owned pipeline.
Ottawa's decision to reapprove the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has revived opposition from indigenous groups in B.C. Earlier on Tuesday, the TsleilWaututh First Nation and several other First Nations filed a fresh lawsuit against the project.
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