NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It could be your only chance to voice your concern to the Kinder Morgan pipeline in the Lower Mainland.

Local First Nations — including the Tsleil-Waututh Nation — are asking people to come out to the oil giant’s first open house today in North Vancouver. But no one from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation will be there themselves.

Council member Carleen Thomas says they don’t want it to appear they are in consultation with Kinder Morgan on the pipeline, because they are not.

“Because Tsleil-Waututh is a Nation, we have rights and title that are protected under the Canadian constitution and any participation with Kinder Morgan in any process may been interpreted as consultation,” she explains.

Thomas says any consultation with them should go through the federal government.

“We expect government to government consultations, so any participation or any discussion that Tsleil-Waututh would have would be with the Government of Canada.”

Kinder Morgan Open Houses:

Nov. 3 – North Shore Neighborhood House, 225 East 2nd Street, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov. 6 – Municipal Hall, 4084 Bedwell Bay Road, Belcarra, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov. 7 – Kay Meek Centre,1700 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver , 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov. 10 – Bowen Island Community School, 1041 Mt Gardner Road, Bowen Island, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 13 – Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Hastings Room 2901 East Hastings Street, East Vancouver, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 15 – Harbour Centre, Segal Hall – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nov. 17 – Aberthau Mansion, 4397 West 2nd Ave, West Point Grey, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.