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Excerpt: "Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon made his remarks in response to Liberal Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr's surprise declaration on Thursday that Canada need only 'consult and accommodate' First Nations on natural resource projects taking place on their territory."

Tlingit artist Doug Chilton and his canoe traveled 2,800 miles from Alaska to North Dakota to take part in a three-day canoe journey down the Missouri River to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chilton and a caravan of Northwest Indian tribes had arrived at Red Warrior Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to a warm welcome from onlookers. (photo: Xian Chiang-Waren)
Tlingit artist Doug Chilton and his canoe traveled 2,800 miles from Alaska to North Dakota to take part in a three-day canoe journey down the Missouri River to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chilton and a caravan of Northwest Indian tribes had arrived at Red Warrior Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to a warm welcome from onlookers. (photo: Xian Chiang-Waren)


Chief: "20 Standing Rocks" if Canada Ignores Indigenous Consent

By teleSUR

05 November 16

 

Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon says Canada could face “20 Standing Rocks” after the Trudeau government declared Thursday it does not need First Nations consent on natural resource projects.

anesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon made his remarks in response to Liberal Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr´s surprise declaration on Thursday that Canada need only “consult and accommodate” First Nations on natural resource projects taking place on their territory.

“New infrastructure to bring in more oil from the tar sands? Forget it, it’s not going to happen,” said Simon, who is also a lead spokesperson for an anti-pipeline treaty alliance supported by about 85 First Nations. “I don’t care what Jim Carr says that no consent is necessary…Consent, it’s what we are demanding, and he will never get our consent, not for something like this. What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks? I wonder if his position will change then?”

Minister Carr´s declaration contradicts the Trudeau government´s promises to follow Canadian Supreme Court Rulings and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which require “free, prior, and informed consent” of Indigenous Nations to any natural resource projects affecting their traditional and treaty territories.

“We always knew the Trudeau government, a lot of his ministers, are influenced by the fossil fuel industry,” said Simon. “If we keep doing this, our children and their children are going to suffer the brunt of climate change.”

Minister Carr made his comments on the same day two groups of climate activists occupied both his constituency office and that of the Aboriginal Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. The activists called on the Trudeau government to respect Indigenous land rights and reject the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline which would carry tar sands crude oil through the territory of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

The occupations came as a government-convened panel released a report on the Trans Mountain Pipeline project which raised serious questions about the viability of the project given the legal requirement of obtaining the consent of the First Nations affected by the project.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Friday he expects the Trudeau government to fulfill its commitments on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

“The government endorsed UNDRIP without qualification, and the UN declaration states the requirement of free, prior and informed consent by First Nations over any activities that can impact our rights, our people or our territory,” said Bellegarde.

Chief Simon´s statement came as 75 Mohawks of Kahnawake blockaded a major Canadian Pacific Rail line between Canada and U.S. on Thursday in solidarity with the water protectors in Standing Rock who are challenging the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

A statement released by the Kahnawake People´s Fire said, “There is an injustice that is transpiring by the government to protect the corporations with complete disregard to environmental disasters that will proceed their decision to install the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Canadian and American governments have neglected their obligations to protect the people that they represent, and we are standing for their safety as well.”

On Friday a group of Indigenous land protectors and their allies in the eastern Canadian province of Labrador vowed to resume their protest of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which threatens to poison their water and food supply.

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+2 # ReconFire 2016-11-05 11:41
I admit I have not been paying attention, (not too smart on my part), but I thought Trudeau was a bigtime progressive.
 
 
+2 # jimallyn 2016-11-05 14:03
Quoting ReconFire:
but I thought Trudeau was a bigtime progressive.

That's what we were led to believe, but my Canadian friends have been telling me otherwise since before the election.
 
 
+2 # Helen Marshall 2016-11-05 17:09
Welcome to Obama Confusion Land.
 
 
-1 # treerapper 2016-11-06 04:11
The forked tongue syndrome at work. Speaking from both sides of the mouth is definitely a politician's attribute.
 
 
+5 # elizabethblock 2016-11-05 15:42
That's what we all thought. He's just not as bad as Harper. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is international law. They are scoffing at it.

I heard a native leader say there were only two institutions that could stand against these destructive projects: the provinces, who won't, and the native bands, who are standing on guard for all of us.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-11-05 21:12
‘Idle No More’, indeed. & a lot of non-Indigenous people will stand alongside wherever possible, too.
 
 
-1 # Allears 2016-11-07 18:03
Trudeau the Younger displays many of the traits of his father. When he was told by an elderly farmer, the owner of a 300-year farm outside Montreal on land that the federal government was in the process of expropriating for an airport, that he couldn't shake the feeling that he was being robbed (of his land, his home, his heritage), Trudeau the Elder replied in his usual snide tone: Well, if you think you are being robbed, then why don't you call the police? Up till then, I was one of the Trudeau worshippers, as if a spell had been cast upon me, by his cape wearing, football-kickin g, pirouetting behind the queen (a
moment apparently well-rehearsed to look spontaneous)-af ter that reprehensible response to a man far nobler than he, I detested him. Noblesse has no oblige for these Trudeaus and their ilk, the number of which just seems to mount every day. My way or the highway (literally, I guess); just watch me, phrases which reflect their true colours.
No respect or regard for farming landowners nor for indigenous land, water and air title holders/keepers either.
 

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