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Resource development in western Canada: Indigenous rights must be respected

    The federal government is currently reviewing two reports concerning proposed pipelines and other resource development in western Canada.  Both acknowledge the need for Indigenous peoples to be meaningfully consulted in all decisions affecting their lands and futures. However, neither report properly addresses the legal framework of
    Indigenous peoples’ human rights. As such, these reports fail to provide sufficient guidance as the government considers potential approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and other projects.

    In deciding whether or not to approve resource development projects, governments in Canada must respect the human rights protections set out in relevant Canadian and international law. Such law directs that large-scale resource projects must not proceed over the basic objections of affected Indigenous nations.

    A joint response to the Northern Gateway Review Panel Report and the Report of the Prime Minister's special representative on west coast energy infrastructure. 

    Issued by:

    BC Assembly of First Nations
    First Nations Summit
    Union of BC Indian Chiefs
    Amnesty International Canada
    Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
    Chiefs of Ontario
    Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
    Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
    Indigenous Rights Centre
    Indigenous World Association
    KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

    Decisions about resource development projects must respect the human rights protections in Canadian and international law.
    Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:03