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    “They are declaring war on our people because we have said no. We have said no, no passage. You cannot bring this pipeline through our lands,”

    Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced Tuesday that the federal government will purchase the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline — a controversial pipeline that runs from the Alberta oil sands to the country’s Pacific coast — for $3.45 billion (C$4.5bn).

    The announcement, which caused a flurry of activity on social media and outrage from protestors on the ground, was also met by comments from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who gave an interview to the Financial Post stating First Nations people did not have veto power to block projects that cause environmental concerns.

    Though the Canadian government recently adopted a United Nations resolution recognizing the right of Aboriginal groups to “free, prior and informed consent” on economic projects in their territories, Trudeau told the Financial Post that “Ottawa doesn’t recognize the unconditional right of First Nations to unilaterally block projects.”

    “No, they don’t have a veto,” he said of the three major nations — the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh — who oppose Kinder Morgan.

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