Support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline continues to rise and now has the support of more than 2/3rds of Canadians. Further, another poll released on May 18 2018 shows support for the expansion has also continued its surge in BC, now sitting at more than 60% of BC residents. However, the media has frequently given the impression that First Nations do not support the expansion and that is simply inaccurate.
David Chartrand, VP of the Metis National Council points out that nearly all First Nations support the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and that the Federal Government should tell Kinder Morgan to start construction right now:
- 51 First Nations SUPPORT the Trans Mountain expansion, composed of 10 in Alberta and 41 in BC signed “mutual-benefit” agreements with Kinder Morgan
- There are only 7 bands arguing against the expansion
- In November 2016, 12 Indigenous Communities joined the then 39 that had already supported the project signed on after the federal government approved the project with more conditions.