It was an expected but devastating decision.
The Harper government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline — against the wishes of the majority of Canadians.
But here’s the thing: there’s still time to stop the pipeline.
Enbridge has stated its commitment to renew conversations with First Nations and other communities in the pathway of the pipeline. It has promised to address any “remaining concerns”.
If we can hold Enbridge accountable to its promise, we can stop construction before it starts. If Enbridge actually engages in any kind of meaningful consultation, there’s no way it will be able to get everyone to support the pipeline.
Tell Enbridge to honour its commitment to First Nations and affected communities, and to build the pipeline only if it gets 100% consent.
Decisions affecting First Nations’ rights and title must be made with free, prior and informed consent, and communities in the pipeline’s pathway must also get a say. If they are not on board, the project shouldn’t proceed.
End of story.