With files from Kyle Benning
North American First Nations tribes have signed a treaty stating their opposition to Tar Sands expansion.
The President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs calls the development around fossil fuels “irresponsible.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says if there is no cooperation, it could look like the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline where thousands of protesters forced construction to stop.
“If the government is astute and they have good people in place, they will know this is a serious movement. They will take heat of what this represents. If they don’t, well then we’re … Standing Rock is coming to Canada.”
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is currently fighting their case at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Switzerland.
50 different Aboriginal groups signed the treaty today in Vancouver and Montreal.
The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion says tribes commit to fighting against the five pipeline and tanker expansions (Kinder Morgan, Energy East, Enbridge’s Line 3, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL) as well as tar sands rail projects.