West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit

West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit and
Signing of International Treaty to Protect the Sacred From Tar Sands Projects

Say yes to a beautiful BC and a clean energy direction for the future, say no to Kinder Morgan and pipeline expansion!


Friday, April 19, 2013

12:30 pm Signing of International Treaty to Protect the Sacred From Tar Sands Projects
02:00 pm Registration for West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit and Gala Dinner
03.45 pm Ceremonial Opening
07.30 pm Dinner Designed by Chef Andrew George
09.45 pm Entertainment and Dancing with Murray Porter & Vancouver bands


Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R9

Signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from the Tar Sands Projects

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation will join more than ten US Nations and Tribes in opposition to the expansion of tar sands infrastructure and to raise awareness for the environmental threats posed.

Tsleil-Waututh is the first Nation to sign the Treaty opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion project.

Chief Maureen Thomas will sign on behalf of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The signing will be witnessed by National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Assembly of First Nations. Also in attendance will be Tsleil-Waututh Councillors, Mel Sheldon, Chairman and Deborah Parker, Vice Chairwomen of Tulalip Tribes, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Hereditary Chief and Elder of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations and Jewell Praying Wolf James of the Lummi Nation.

West Coast Oil Pipeline Summit and Gala Dinner

The one-day conference will look at the concept of transitioning from oil-generated energy to alternative forms of renewable energy production. Presentations from independent subject matter experts will cover the economics, legal and environmental aspects, risk management, Aboriginal title and rights, financing and policy making of both the existing oil industry and future renewable energy options.

The powerful roster of speakers includes:

• Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

• Dave Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union

• Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver

• Mayor Derek Corrigan, City of Burnaby

• Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

• Justin George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

• Robyn Allan, Economist

• Tzeporah Berman, Environmental Activist


Kinder Morgan has proposed building a new pipeline to bring crude oil/bitumen to foreign markets through the Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. Tsleil-Waututh is located at the terminus of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, and is adamantly opposed to the new pipeline.

Kinder Morgan proposes to increase transport of crude oil/bitumen through Trans Mountain from its present level of approximately 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. This could mean more than 350 oil tankers per year entering the Burrard Inlet compared to the current 30 to 70 per year.

The Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust

Tsleil-Waututh have a sacred trust, a responsibility to care for their traditional territory. The Sacred Trust is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation mandated to oppose and stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The Sacred Trust communicates on behalf of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and is hosting this treaty signing and conference to raise public awareness nationally and internationally.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to explore options for keeping B.C.’s environment protected for future generations should attend.

The cost is $100 per delegate.
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We hope that you will consider joining us to help define future energy alternatives and policies. For more information on the conference or how to register please visit .

Media Contact: 
Hollie Latulippe, Manager Communications, Raven Events and Communications

Event Contact:
Geoff Greenwell, 2G Group
(250) 878-9908

Download a copy of the poster or the full agenda.

Oil Pipeline Summit press release 16/04/2013
Oil Pipeline Summit TW Nation backgrounder
Oil Pipeline Summit key language (eg: who, what, where, when, why)

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