Tsleil-Waututh Nation Blessing Ceremony

On September 1st, day 16 of the journey, the totem pole arrived in Tsleil-Waututh territory, where last year’s healing pole stands at the terminus of Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline in Burrard Inlet. The first pole, which signifies the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s steadfast resistance to Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion project, was united for a short time with it’s sister pole, which will mark Indigenous resistance from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation at the extraction point of the project in Northern Alberta.  Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project is one of many infrastructure projects encouraging the rapid proliferation of tar sands bitumen extraction.