Video: UBCIC's Bob Chamberlin denounces Trudeau's Kinder Morgan approval at public protest

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      A large group of environmentally-minded Vancouverites took to the plaza in front of CBC's downtown headquarters this evening (November 29) to express their frustration with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

      First Nations leaders and activists took turns to speak at the open mic event, with vice president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) Bob Chamberlin taking to the microphone first. 

      He had some choice words on behalf of UBCIC for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government.

      Protesters filled the plaza at CBC's downtown headquarters to show their frustration with the Trudeau's decision to approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
      Amanda Siebert

      "They have stated time and again that there is no relationship more important to Prime Minister Trudeau’s government than that with First Nations," said Chamberlin, the chief of the Kwicksutaineuk Ah-kwa-mish First Nation.

      "I ask Prime Minister Trudeau to come and speak with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, and develop a meaningful relationship with them.

      "It is their territory that is going to bear the brunt of this. It is their territory and rights and title that are going to be forgotten, that are going to be wiped off the Prime Minister’s shoe, as he panders to the profit margins of companies that do not have our best interests at heart."

      Watch more from Chamberlin's address to attendees in the video below.

      Amanda Siebert