Indigenous Activists Fight British Columbia's Pipelines to the Last Mile
March 22, 2021
Mike McKenzie felt that he had to leave his home. He says he was no longer welcome in Skeetchestn, a community in central British Columbia west of Kamloops that's one of 17 reserves in the Secwepemc Nation. Three years later, he's still not home.
His uprooting was by choice, but not by preference. McKenzie said he felt compelled to leave because of tensions around his outspoken opposition to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, which is building a second pipeline to pump heavy oil from Alberta's tar sands to a tanker terminal near Vancouver.
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