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#TimesUp on Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples –

by ahnationtalk on May 17, 201819 Views

May 16, 2018

Justin Trudeau is famously fond of proclaiming himself a feminist. It is particularly galling, then, that his government persists in violating one of the most fundamental principles in feminist ethics — consent — in its dealings with Indigenous nations.

Projects like the Muskrat Falls dam, the Site C dam, and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are being shoved through against the ongoing resistance of peoples who inhabited these lands long before European colonizers presumed to assert their sovereignty over them.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) states that governments must receive the “free and informed consent” of Indigenous communities “prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands and territories and other resources.” Having refused to endorse the declaration for a full decade after its promulgation, Canada now claims to be committed to complete implementation.

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