Call on our governments to respect Indigenous rights
Our federal and provincial governments have committed to reconciliation with First Nations, but right now they’re betraying that commitment.
Canada is re-negotiating the Columbia River Treaty with the United States, and they are excluding the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Okanagan Nations.
These nations were not consulted when the treaty was negotiated to build large dams on the river in the 1960s. Their territories were deeply affected by the flooding and they continue to deal with the impacts of this injustice to this day.
Now’s our chance to leave behind this faulty 1960s thinking and do things differently. First Nations must have a real say, by participating directly in the negotiations.
Please call on Minister Chrystia Freeland to include First Nations in an active role at the negotiating table!
We’ll also forward your letter to BC Premier John Horgan and Hon. Katrine Conroy, BC’s Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty. British Columbia has also committed to the implemention of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, yet the Premier and Minister Conroy have been complicit in the exclusion of the Columbia River Basin First Nations.
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