West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have said no to the Site C dam and are challenging the project in court based on their treaty rights under Treaty 8. Yet for several months BC Hydro has pursued an aggressive works schedule, clear-cutting old-growth trees along the southern bank of the Peace River and on river islands, destroying eagle nests and crushing beaver lodges under heavy equipment.
Time is running out. The B.C. government is not listening. Now is the moment for the federal government to step in and stop this violation of treaty and aboriginal rights. Please take action now.
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Prime Minister Trudeau has repeatedly said he wants to build a renewed relationship with Canada’s First Nations, based on respect for treaty and aboriginal rights. Site C is the biggest project in all of Canada, bulldozed through on the strength of a 2014 federal cabinet decision that never even looked at how the project would infringe treaty rights. The Joint Review Panel found that Site C would have a severe and permanent adverse effect on traditional uses of the land by First Nations – but the Panel was explicitly barred from making any findings as to how this would affect treaty rights.
Energy projects that violate human rights are not clean or green. In this day and age, there are far less damaging and less costly methods that could be used to meet British Columbia’s energy needs – many of which would create more jobs than Site C.
Please stand in solidarity with West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, and other people of Treaty 8.