Chief Leah George-Wilson speaks at a briefing with other First Nations chiefs and Coast Salish drummers, ahead of Federal Court of Appeal hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [Jennifer Gauthier/Reuters]

Montreal, Canada – Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to a contentious, multimillion-dollar oil pipeline, effectively giving the Trans Mountain expansion project the green light to move forward.

In its unanimous decision, the court said the government’s consultation process with Indigenous groups “was anything but a rubber-stamping exercise”.

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The legal challenge centred around whether Canada had adequately consulted with a handful of Indigenous groups along the 1,150km (715-mile) Trans Mountain route. Some of those groups had raised concerns about the project’s effects on

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