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NDP-Green pact does not translate into First Nation veto power over energy projects in B.C.

The recently-signed four-year “confidence and supply agreement” between the Green Party and NDP in British Columbia has the potential to allow indigenous communities in the province to scuttle major energy projects. In the context of this agreement, this likely means the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and the Site C dam.Jason Tockman, a researcher of indigenous studies in Washington State and a UBC alumnus, wrote a piece in the Vancouver Sun that argued that the NDP-Green agreement amounted to a form of consent requirement for indigenous communities over resource projects on their traditional territories because the agreement involves a public commitment

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