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New Group Seeks 100% Indigenous Ownership of Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline

Pieces of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project sit in a storage lot outside of Hope, British Columbia, Canada, on June 6, 2021.
Pieces of the Trans Mountain Pipeline project sit in a storage lot outside of Hope, British Columbia, Canada, on June 6, 2021.Photographer: Cole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

A new non-profit organization has joined several other groups in seeking indigenous ownership of the Trans Mountain Pipeline that runs from Alberta to Canada’s west coast. 

Nesika Services was formed to support indigenous communities to “maximize economic opportunity” through acquiring Trans Mountain Pipeline LP. Nesika is not affiliated with any industry players and won’t own a stake itself. Instead, it’s trying to smooth the way for a deal that would see 129 indigenous groups along the pipeline own the entire asset, Nesika Chair Tony Alexis said in an email sent by the organization’s spokesperson.