One of the hot topics of discussion in British Columbia and Canada is whether or not to expand the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. While the Canadian government is adamant that it will be built to achieve economic prosperity, many people are in fierce opposition because of environmental risks.
Numerous people who get together to participate in direct actions call themselves “Water Protectors”. Xenoa is a member of one of the two camps that has stationed themselves next to the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby to display their resistance.
While there is always a steady amount of people at the camps in Greater Vancouver, on some days thousands people from all around come to voice their disapproval.
Kat is one of the water protectors at the Watch House, one of the the centers next to the Kinder Morgan Terminal. She believes in always protecting the land, waters and people for 7 generations to come even if that means getting arrested multiple times and living in a camp next to a giant company worth billions.
A Watch House is used by Coast Salish people to keep an eye on what the enemies are doing. Kat said that “We watch them, and they watch us” referring to the actions of the terminal only a few meters from the structure.
The other part of the Watch House centre where many use as a base for their actions.
The box reads “Save for the feast after we win” and “too good for us”. This box with simple food in it serves as a reminder of how surreal it is to have people living in tents, RV’s and other small temporary structures facing off against a multi-billion dollar Texas-based company outside their doorsteps and ancestral lands.
The Kinder Morgan terminal that many people are camped outside of.
In addition to the risk of an oil leak, many strongly oppose the environmental destruction caused by Kinder Morgan.
One of the values of many First Nations people is to protect the environment for future generations. Teaching the youth about why it’s so crucial to do so is one of the key reasons why many of them care deeply for a sustainable environment.
Amelia Boissoneau is one of the water protectors that is on the front lines against the pipeline expansion project.
Amelia in front of the Burrard Inlet, one of the many bodies of water that is at risk by the proposed Kinder Morgan expansion project.
After years of constant opposition, the federal court overturned the approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline project on the basis that there wasn’t adequate consultation of First Nations people and that the risk to the 76 remaining Southern Resident Orca’s was too great.