Federal court of appeal finds Canada failed to consult with First Nations on pipeline project
By Jason Proctor | CBC News, Jun 30, 2016
The Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of the Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway project after finding Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline.
“We find that Canada offered only a brief, hurried and inadequate opportunity … to exchange and discuss information and to dialogue,” the ruling says.
“It would have taken Canada little time and little organizational effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on these and other subjects of prime importance to Aboriginal peoples. But this did not happen.”
The federal government gave the go-ahead to the Northern Gateway project after a National Energy Board joint review panel gave it’s approval to the project subject to 209 conditions.
But the government was also supposed to meet a constitutional requirement to consult with Aboriginal peoples following the release of that report.
According to the ruling the project would significantly affect the seven B.C. First Nations who were parties to the appeal.