Sierra Club BC’s Anjali Appadurai will be reporting from COP25 in Madrid, Spain from December 2-13.
Sierra Club BC welcomes and applauds the introduction in legislation of the B.C. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. Campaigns director Caitlyn Vernon offered the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 24, 2019
“We commend and applaud the provincial government and Indigenous governments for their leadership in bringing forward this legislative framework for implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“Indigenous rights are human rights. Recognizing and respecting Indigenous rights is a tangible step towards reconciliation that will create more certainty for communities and for investment around the province.
“The denial of rights has led to endless lawsuits and uncertainty. Recognizing Indigenous rights in B.C. law will avoid conflict and costly lawsuits and enable us to work together to build our shared future.
“Today’s announcement will be good for jobs and good for the environment. All residents of B.C. will benefit from this legislation.
“With climate change impacting our health, community safety and food security, our province faces serious challenges in the years ahead. We are going to need to work together to overcome these challenges. Indigenous peoples’ knowledge about their territories will be crucial in planning for a safe, resilient future for all our kids. Today’s announcement gives me hope for the future.”
Communications Director, Sierra Club BC
Sierra Club BC released the following statement from executive director Hannah Askew to mark the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is tomorrow:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 8, 2019
“On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we at Sierra Club BC recognize the ongoing jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples over their territories around the world and in particular here in this place now known as British Columbia.
“Indigenous peoples are often the first to suffer the ill effects of the destruction of land and waters, and of climate impacts.
“Indigenous laws and governance offer alternative approaches to confronting the twin threats of widespread species collapse and a growing climate emergency.
“Here in British Columbia we have federal and provincial governments that have promised to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). There has been some piecemeal progress, such as the incorporation of UNDRIP principles into B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act.
“UNDRIP cannot simply be words on a page; it must be made real through tangible, meaningful action, following the leadership of Indigenous peoples. Today, we call on both the federal and provincial government to step up their commitment to UNDRIP and to translate words into tangible action and reconciliation worthy of the name.”
Executive Director, Sierra Club BC