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.
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