Thunder in our Voices

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 19:00


On the 40th anniversary of the Berger Inquiry, UBC (and the Peter A. Allard School of Law) presents a panel discussing whether Canada has made progress in resolving pipeline disputes over the last forty years. At the close of the discussion, Thomas Berger will sum up the arguments.

Join us on September 26 at 7:00 pm in the Theatre at UBC Robson Square.

This event is offered free through the generous support of the City of Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Council for the Arts.


From 1975-77, BC Justice Thomas Berger reviewed a controversial proposal to build a pipeline from Alaska, down the Mackenzie Valley, to markets in the U.S. In addition to formal hearings in Yellowknife, he heard the views of residents of thirty Dene and Inuvialuit communities across the North. The Indigenous communities spoke as one: no pipeline until their land claims were settled.

Those hearings helped to spark the modern Indigenous land claims movement in Canada. Today, Thomas Berger is assuming a new role in the legal case against the Transmountain Pipeline, slated to pass through British Columbia to Vancouver.

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