People support the Walk for the Salish Sea in Victoria, B.C. on Thursday. The walk ended at the Kinder Morgan Westridge terminal in Burnaby to protest the pipeline and tanker expansion that could threaten drinking water, salmon habitat and the coastal web of life and economies that depend on it. (Photo: Chad Hipolito/CP)
Supporters march with Walk for the Salish Sea in Victoria on Thursday. (Photo: Chad Hipolito/CP)But Simon Fraser University English professor Stephen Collis, who took part in the rally, said the pipeline is not a done-deal. "There is still a lack of indigenous consent and there's a lack of public consent and this event is about showing that people are still concerned and still opposed and still intending to make sure this does not happen," he said.
Collis added that past litigation, including a landmark 2014 Supreme Court of Canada case that favoured the Tsilhqot'in people in B.C. in a battle over land title, sets a precedent for ongoing legal battles related to the area the Trans Mountain pipeline will cross. "Many, many (First) Nations whose territories the pipeline will cross are vocally opposed to this," he said. Collis said it's just a matter of getting their cases through the courts.
"Many, many (First) Nations whose territories the pipeline will cross are vocally opposed to this."
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