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- 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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