The roadblock for the Trans Mountain Pipeline is being seen as a win-lose scenario for one local Métis President.
The project was put on hold after the Federal Court of Appeal found the Government of Canada didn’t fully consult with Indigenous groups and that the National Energy Board made a crucial error in their application.
President of the McKay Métis Ron Quintal tells Mix News the consultation process was simply flawed.
“It wasn’t very inclusive, it wasn’t very thorough and I feel that’s ultimately what the Indigenous groups, of not just the west coast but of Canada, struggle with, the fact that the consultation process isn’t a very inclusive process.”
Premier Rachel Notley has called on the federal government to appeal the FCA’s decision.
Quintal says he hopes this doesn’t happen.
“That could take years and that’s if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear it – so I just think that they go back to the drawing board and see if there’s a way they can legislate and perhaps look at a better consultation process with the west coast First Nations yo give them some peace of mind.”
He adds he hopes the federal government decides to consult with the Indigenous groups and uses this as a learning tool to start being more inclusive on future projects.