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Justin Trudeau extends olive branch to Indigenous people opposed to Site C dam and new pipelines –

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 2017126 Views

August 9th, 2017

What’s largely gone unnoticed in the media this summer has been Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to patch up his sometimes rocky relationship with Indigenous leaders, particularly in B.C.

In the past, Trudeau has come under scathing criticism from influential First Nations people in B.C. for his support for the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The Site C dam received federal permits while being challenged in court by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to grant leave to appeal so that they could carry on their fight.

In the meantime, Amnesty International is waging a major international campaign, arguing that by supporting the Site C dam, the Trudeau government is overriding Indigenous rights.

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