The Sacred Trust is an initiative of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation mandated to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

Charlene Aleck

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Have You Voted Yet?

May 09, 2017

May 9th is election day in BC.  Have you voted yet?

We have an opportunity to make change a reality in BC.  As an elected member of Council of Tsleil-Waututh Nation I do my best everyday to listen to members of my community.  Now we have the chance to elect a new government that will ensure our voice is heard by the BC government.  My vote matters, and yours does, too.

There are so many reasons to vote to stop Kinder Morgan. We have created a series of web pages with information for you about specific concerns we hope you will consider on election day.

Your vote affects salmon. It affects the economy.  It affects what we do about climate change.  And it affects Tsleil-Waututh Nation and all indigenous people who are defending their ancestral territory.  

These days, I think about my grandfather Chief Dan George a lot. But now more than ever, his words resonate deeply with me. Recently I’ve been thinking about a particular line he wrote.  Maybe you've read it before but it’s worth revisiting.

The time will soon be here when my grandchild will long for the cry of a loon, the flash of a salmon, the whisper of spruce needles, or the screech of an eagle. But he will not make friends with any of these creatures and when his heart aches with longing, he will curse me. Have I done all to keep the air fresh? Have I cared enough about the water? Have I left the eagle to soar in freedom? Have I done everything I could to earn my grandchild's fondness?

Your vote matters and can make a difference.

If you’d like to know more about how your vote affects issues you care about, I urge you to read more here.

This election may be our last chance to get the Kinder Morgan pipeline cancelled by the provincial government. If enough of us vote, we can stop Kinder Morgan once and for all.  

Instead of spending our precious time and energy on fighting this dangerous project, we could be building a sustainable economy together.

Tomorrow I’ll send you a reminder as to go out and vote and encourage your loved ones and colleagues, neighbours and community members to vote too.

Please take a moment and make and share a selfie sign to show you’re against Kinder Morgan with our nifty new tool. It’s a great way to help demonstrate that opposition is widespread and that TWN has a wide range of allies working for change. Thanks.

On behalf of my grandchildren, thank you!



Advisory: New First Nations Legal Action Against Kinder Morgan

January 17, 2017


Despite Provincial Permits "Kinder Morgan Pipeline Will Never be Built" Tsleil-Waututh Nation Representative

January 11, 2017
Vancouver, The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline was issued environmental assessment permits today by Premier Christy Clark.  

An Open Letter To PM Trudeau Re: Kinder Morgan

January 04, 2017

I have many questions about the decision the Trudeau Government has made on the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Many questions that have not been answered. They are questions that will haunt us long into the future if this project is allowed to proceed.


November 29, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Trudeau’s Kinder Morgan Permits “Disappointing, Dangerous” and “Just the Beginning”, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Spokesperson

November 29, 2016


November 28, 2016


Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

November 25, 2016

An Open Letter to Minister Leblanc. Please choose First Nations Reconciliation not Kinder Morgan.

November 24, 2016

We are writing letters to all MPs in cabinet, and you can read one below. Time is limited. There are rumours the decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project will be made within the week. If you would like to take action right now, please contact your MP here:

Contact Your MP


Dear Minister LeBlanc;

My name is Charlene Aleck and I am writing to you with a heavy heart. You see my people, the Tsleil-Waututh, are the people of Burarrd Inlet in Vancouver. As such, we have a strong connection with the Orcas and other marine life that share our inlet and like us, have been here since time immemorial. We have a sacred responsibility to be the stewards of the land and water that has always provided for us.

As a speaker for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative I am reaching out to MP’s who might be able to help us in this important work. I believe that we have much in common. I have watched with great sadness the demise of many marine species on the east coast of Canada and I live infear of the day that we will suffer the same fate. I believe that you must have the same strong feelings  about how important our oceans are. It would bring great hardship to the people of this coast if anything further were to happen to the already stressed fish stock here, but more than that, it would bring about an end to our way of life. 

Orca whales are an integral part of our spiritual and cultural connection to the earth and our heritage. Scientists and marine biologists that study our inlet have confirmed our fears that the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project would also constitute the approval of the extinction of the Orcas and potentially many other species. If you have not already, I urge you to read for yourself the evidence we have gathered from extensive study. We are a small nation and it is not generally our way to seek out conflict. We are business friendly community focused on working collaboratively with others to lift everyone up. We are joined in these concerns by many local mayors including those of all the major cities surrounding us in Vancouver, Burnaby, North and West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Squamish, Tofino, Victoria and many other cities throughout the region. 

What is especially distressing to me is that we believed the election of this government would usher in  a new era in meaningful dialogue that would lead to equality and a genuine relationship between us. You cannot only listen to First Nations when you agree with what they are saying. Long lasting solutions to  complex problems cannot be achieved when one of the sides has all of the power. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” 

Will you join moms calling on Trudeau to choose better than Kinder Morgan?

November 10, 2016
A decision from the Trudeau government on the permits for the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline are expected within weeks. We are calling on all moms to get involved and speak up. Now more than ever we need real leadership from the government of Canada given the election down south. We need Justin Trudeau to listen to what we have to say.

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