Opinion: Reconciling Energy and Indigenous Rights – David Suzuki – The Nelson Daily

by ahnationtalk on August 1, 201864 Views

July 31 2018

In 2007, Canada was one of four countries to vote against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (with New Zealand, the United States and Australia). With its single-minded focus on making Canada an “energy superpower,” albeit only with fossil fuels, the Harper government feared the declaration’s concept of “free, prior and informed” consent regarding issues that affect Indigenous Peoples and their territories could hinder resource development.

The government was right. Most of Canada’s fossil-fuelled energy policies are on a collision course with reconciliation. Canada finally signed the declaration in 2010 but hasn’t made much progress living up to its principles around resource projects. Whether it’s oilsands, fracking, offshore drilling, mining or pipelines, economic considerations are prioritized over Indigenous rights and environmental concerns — regardless of the government in power.

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