Expose Justin Trudeau’s hypocrisy
on Indigenous Rights

It’s been ten years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and more than a year since the Canadian government announced full support of its tenets. Yet, we are still waiting – impatiently – for Trudeau to act and fully implement the Declaration, which affirms Indigenous rights to language, self-determination, the ability to grant or withhold free, prior, and informed consent for development projects in their territories, and more.

All indications are that the Liberal government is now preparing to vote against legislation to adopt and implement UNDRIP (Bill C-262).

Enough is enough.

We can’t stand idly by while our governments maintain the industry-friendly and anti-Indigenous rights status quo.

Justin Trudeau’s actions say otherwise, but we have not forgotten his promises to:

  • respect the constitutional and international rights of Indigenous Peoples and
  • completely overhaul the National Energy Board process so that Indigenous communities are treated as truly equal partners when it comes to development projects on their lands and in their waters.

Take action now to make sure Justin Trudeau can’t ignore our unwavering solidarity with Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast.

“A project authorization that breaches the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous Peoples cannot serve the public interest.”

Supreme Court of Canada judgment: Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo‑Services Inc., 2017 SCC 40 at para 40

Talking points for letter:

  • Ten years is far too long to wait, the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be an impossible-to-ignore wake up call to Prime Minister Trudeau that respecting Indigenous communities as equal partners is a requisite part of reconciliation and a priority for this country.
     
  • I wait impatiently for Trudeau to fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to withhold or grant their free, prior and informed consent for development projects on their lands and in their waters.
     
  • When Indigenous communities say “no”, oil companies and governments have a duty to listen. It’s a message driven home to politicians by the dozen-plus court challenges faced by Kinder Morgan’s expansion pipeline, the 150-plus First Nations and Tribes in Canada and the USA opposed to tar sands expansion.
     
  • It's easy for the government to say they support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - but when it comes to implementing this into law, all indications are that the Liberals will soon vote against legislation to do just this (Bill C-262).
     
  • Justin Trudeau, enough is enough. For all Indigenous communities on the front lines opposing destructive energy projects, we will continue to fight for justice.

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