Bill C-45 alters sections of the Indian Act and disregards the Treaties without consultation and consent.
We all know plans to bring more oil tankers to B.C.’s coast are ill-conceived and dangerous, but let me recap it for you anyway:
Enbridge’s pipeline and oil tanker scheme would:
Take the dirtiest oil in the world.
Ram two pipelines through the Rocky Mountains, across 800 rivers and streams and through pristine wilderness, much of which is unceded First Nations’ land.
Load it onto to 225 oil tankers larger than the Exxon Valdez.
Ship it through 140 kilometres of winding rocky fiords (past the very spot the BC Ferry Queen of the North sank) only to emerge into Hecate Strait and the world’s fourth most dangerous ocean environment (according to Environment Canada)
Just so that China, a major human rights violator, can exploit our raw natural resources. Don Gordon, CFRE
This message is to strongly express that I do not support Bill C-45. This Conservative government is blatantly violating the rights of all Canadians and its Indigenous people. Bill C-45 specifically affects Indigenous sovereignty and inherent rights to the land, and therefore must receive due consideration, consultation, and consent from the First Nations leaders and communities in which it directly impacts. The Treaties that were signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples are nation to nation covenants that cannot be arbitrarily changed through unilateral legislation. Bill C-45 alters sections of the Indian Act and disregards the Treaties without consultation and consent. Upon review of Bill C-45, it is clear that this legislation benefits corporations involved in oil pipelines and nuclear energy, without due attention and consideration given to the impact that it will have on the land and environment. This government has proposed reconciliation with First Nations peoples, yet continues to enforce numerous policies such as Bill C-45 using paternalistic and neocolonial processes. I demand that Bill C-45 be stopped until a democratic process of consultation and consent is duly followed by the various groups that it does impact.