There are dozens of chiefs that support the Trans Mountain pipeline – but there are few like Ernie Crey who will openly talk about it.
Crey is the chief of the Cheam First Nation, a community that sits about 100 kilometres east of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal, the current epicentre of opposition to the pipeline.
According to Crey, the Trans Mountain pipeline has run through his community since 1953 and there has not been an incident in that time.
At the moment a train carrying Alberta bitumen runs through Cheam every 30 minutes – Crey says he’d rather have a pipeline running through his community than a train loaded with Alberta bitumen.
But not everyone is on board.
Some in the community don’t want the pipeline extension.