Bill McKibben will join First Nations leaders at Vancouver fundraiser to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline

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      One of the giants of the U.S. climate-justice movement is coming to Vancouver.

      Author and cofounder Bill McKibben will share a stage with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Saik'uz First Nation chief Jackie Thomas, and Heiltsuk environmental activist and councillor Jess Housty at the "Pull Together" fundraiser. It will take place on March 4 at SFU Woodward's (149 West Hastings Street).

      All money raised will support the Tsleil-Waututh and Cold Water First Nations in their court fight against the Trudeau government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

      "As Donald Trump dismantles decades of progress on climate action and Indigenous rights, it is more important than ever for the rest of the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground," McKibben wrote in a message to subscribers of emails. "The best way to do that in Canada is by supporting Indigenous-led resistance against Big Oil. As I see it, pulling together is what it’s really about at this point in the game. First Nations standing up to the fossil fuel industry in Canada are some of the strongest and most dedicated organizers anywhere."

      McKibben pointed out that fundraising for a court fight helped thwart Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Project.

      "In the end, the lawsuit was successful and the pipeline never saw the light of day," he noted. "The Tsleil-Waututh and Cold Water First Nations can do the same for Kinder Morgan, but they need our backing. And even if the lawsuits don’t work, we’ll build the kind of solidarity necessary to stop this project by other means."

      Last year, the Trudeau cabinet approved Kinder Morgan's application to nearly triple bitumen shipments through its pipeline system that extends from Alberta to Burnaby. After the expansion to the Trans Mountain pipeline is completed, it will result in 890,000 barrels per day arriving in the Lower Mainland.

      Almost all of it will be exported on about 400 oil tankers that will pass through Burrard Inlet each year.