Although First Nations can "assert their uncompromising opposition" to a fossil fuel project like an oil pipeline, they can't "use the consultation process as a means to try to veto it," said the Federal Court of Appeal.
The governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan are urging the Federal Court of Appeal to defer to cabinet's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline because they say Indigenous opposition shouldn't outweigh other public interests in the project.
Four British Columbia Indigenous groups are set to argue in the Federal Court of Appeal that the Canadian government failed to consult adequately with them before its latest approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Indigenous leaders at Tuesday’s conference say the federal government’s second round of consultations was as inadequate as the first. Meantime, Trans Mountain says it’s getting shovels ready to build a new pipeline.