An appeal from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday to continue their fight against a controversial pipeline.
While the Justices deal with the legal proceedings, protesters will gather in front of the Court to support the First Nation in its battle against Enbridge’s Line 9.
The National Energy Board OK’d Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of crude oil in the line from west to east to allow for the product to get to Quebec.
Line 9 runs through the First Nation’s territorial land, north of London.
The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation alleges the government failed to uphold its duty to properly consult with it on the project.
It’s also argued that the reversal of crude could have a devastating impact on the environment, especially the local water supply.
Wednesday’s court battle in Ottawa comes a year after the Federal Court of Appeal voted 2-1 in favour of dismissing the Chippewas case. The Supreme Court is also set to hear an argument from the Inuit from Clyde River, Nunavut. They argue the National Energy Board violated their duty by not properly consulting them before the approved seismic oil testing in the same water they hunt and fish in.
Protesters will gather in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa Wednesday morning and the demonstration is expected to last all day.