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We recognize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the land, and will respect legal traditions and perspectives on environmental stewardship.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise broken

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 42)


JUSTIFICATION

August 2019 - The approbation of the Trans Mountain Pipeline by the Trudeau Government has met fierce resistance from multiple Indigenous communities. This led to a first contestation of the decision to proceed before the Federal Court. In August 2018, the Federal Court judges ruled unanimously that the National Energy Board failed to hold meaningful two-way conversations with indigenous people. This ruling forced the government to organize consultations with Indigenous communities. The Trans Mountain Pipeline project continues to be shrouded in controversy among these communities who remain opposed to this project and committed to contesting it as they feel it disregards their rights.


SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

June 19, 2019 - “After spending $4.5 billion to buy the line last year, and with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's repeated assurances that the project would go ahead, the real question was how far the government would go to accommodate the concerns of those Indigenous communities who oppose it. The answer, according to the prime minister, is — far enough to satisfy last year's federal Court of Appeals ruling that found the first round of talks with those groups left much to be desired.” - Why Trudeau's Trans Mountain do-over might need Indigenous investment - CBC

June 18, 2019 - “The Trudeau government has approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and is promising to have shovels in the ground this summer. But First Nations are responding swiftly with commitments to resist the pipeline in order to protect the land, Indigenous rights, and to address the climate emergency.” - Trans Mountain approval met with promised resistance by First Nations - APTN

May 05, 2019 - “Over recent weeks, those differences of opinion regarding how — or if — the project should proceed have come under the spotlight, after the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs issued a letter critical of the plan by the Indian Resource Council of Canada to purchase a 51 per cent stake in the expansion project.” - 2 Indigenous leaders explain why they are on opposing sides of the Trans Mountain debate - Global News

September 28, 2016 - "Arctic science and evidence-based policy are vitally important to tackling the challenges that Arctic communities in Canada and around the world are facing. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of collaborating with Indigenous peoples and other Arctic nations to develop solutions together." - Government of Canada takes part in first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

September 27, 2016 - "Today, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, announced the Federal Cabinet's decision to approve the $11 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG Project after a rigorous federal environmental assessment.[…] Indigenous peoples were meaningfully consulted, and where appropriate, impacts on their rights and interests were accommodated: Consultations were extensive with Indigenous communities with funding of over $480,000 provided to support their participation in the environmental assessment. Project conditions address the impact on the current use of land and resources by Indigenous peoples for traditional purposes. Indigenous groups near the project site participated in technical working groups. These groups will also participate with Canada and the province in environmental monitoring, a new innovative approach that is consistent with the government's reconciliation agenda and commitment to enhance the capacity of Indigenous groups in reviewing and monitoring major resource development projects." - The Government of Canada Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Project - Government of Canada

July 30, 2016 - "Justin Trudeau’s government has quietly issued its first batch of permits for the Site C dam — allowing construction to move forward on the $8.8 billion BC Hydro project despite ongoing legal challenges by two First Nations. The federal-provincial review panel’s report on Site C found the 1,100 megawatt dam will result in significant and irreversible adverse impacts on Treaty 8 First Nations. Caleb Behn, who is from West Moberly First Nation, one of the nations taking the federal government to court, says Trudeau has broken his promise." - Trudeau just broke his promise to Canada's First Nations - National Observer

May 13, 2016 - "Considerable investment by countries, organizations, and universities in recent years has led to significant advances in our understanding of all aspects of environmental change in the Arctic. There is still a need for additional international scientific collaboration in this area, however, particularly around gathering, synthesizing, and sharing information related to environmental changes in the Arctic and their regional and global implications." - White House Arctic Science Ministerial: September 28, 2016 - White House’s Website

Janyary 27, 2016 - "The process will also include greater public, and indigenous consultations on projects, something that is not currently part of the National Energy Board regulatory regime." - Pipeline projects to face new environmental regulations - CBC

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