ANALYSIS: Pipeline protest a unique challenge for B.C. NDP government

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The mounting tensions over the construction of a natural gas pipeline in the northwest part of the province present a unique challenge for the B.C. NDP government. That is because the NDP finds itself at cross purposes over the issue, as it wants the pipeline built while at the same time insisting it will do all it can to accommodate First Nations’ interests. While the pipeline has a lot of support from First Nations in the region, it has also met fierce opposition from one group of Indigenous leaders. Just weeks after patting themselves on the back for passing legislation that embraces the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the NDP government now finds itself being accused of trampling on the rights of Indigenous people.