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

Recent Posts

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

                                                              Chief Maureen Thomas

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.

Oil Spill Clean Up Improvements Good For Existing Tankers but Kinder Morgan Expansion Still Out of the Question

November 07, 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau today announced new measures to improve oil spill clean up. Meanwhile yesterday a second tug boat in a month was in distress and reportedly flipped and is sinking in the Bella Bella region.

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