YES, I call on my government to consult Indigenous communities whose fishing rights would be impacted by a diluted bitumen spill.
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Wild salmon are the backbone of Indigenous cultures across B.C. and a key part of the food chain. Diluted bitumen is a toxic heavy crude oil blend that sinks in water. One spill could wipe out salmon runs already hit hard by climate change and habitat loss.
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would cross 500 streams in the Fraser Watershed and send 400 loaded oil tankers a year into the Salish Sea. Before this project can go forward, the B.C. government must consult with all the communities whose fishing rights would be impacted by a spill.
In 2019, the Squamish Nation won a court case forcing the B.C. government to reconsider the conditions it attaches to the Trans Mountain project. Now, Indigenous leaders from across the Fraser Watershed are calling on John Horgan’s government to engage in deep, meaningful consultation with the nations upstream who rely on salmon.
It’s not just B.C.’s legal duty. It’s the right thing to do.