First Nations Demand Harper Government Honour Constitutional Duty to Consult Regarding the Canada China FIPPA

On Friday, December 14th, 2012 in Blogs
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I am very worried that the Prime Minister will use the Parliamentary break to ratify the Canada-China Investment Treaty. Please act in solidarity with First Nations. Please keep up the pressure, particularly on Conservative MPs, to block ratification.

- Elizabeth


(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – December 14, 2012) On November 29th, the Chiefs Council of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed by consensus, Resolution 2012-59, Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). As directed by resolution, the UBCIC is working with other First Nations and organizations who are deeply concerned that the Harper Government may take steps to enter into the FIPPA without fulfilling its constitutionally-enshrined and judicially-recognized obligation to consult with First Nations.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC, stated “The UBCIC calls on the Harper Government to ensure that Canada fulfills its duty to consult and accommodate First Nations on FIPPA consistent with the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as identified in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Any further effort to ratify this agreement will adversely impact our inherent rights and territories forcing First Nations to take immediate legal action.”

“The Federal Government has not acted with due diligence and have clearly not fulfilled constitutional obligations they have to either the First Nations or the Provinces,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “These obligations must be met before even considering the ratification of something that will give 31 year access to the resources in a way that could undermine Indigenous rights and the environment. For Stephen Harper to rush ratifying this agreement behind closed doors would be completely unacceptable.”

“Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against the secretive and extreme Canada-China FIPPA because it would grant foreign companies the power to sue Canadian governments in secret tribunals if our democratic decisions impact their expected profits — even local decisions to create jobs, or protect our air, water and health,” said Julia Pope from Leadnow.ca. “We are grateful for the leadership of First Nations who are opposing this deal and the affront to their constitutionally-protected aboriginal rights and title that it represents.”

“First Nations expect the Stephen Harper Federal government to inform First Nations immediately if they take the position that they are not required to consult with First Nations prior to the final steps that will bring the FIPPA into force so that we can seek the assistance of the Court “said Brenda Sayers, Councillor of the Hupacasath First Nation. “Any effort to ratify the FIPPA in a hasty manner that violates the government’s duty to meaningfully consult and accommodate would taint the honour of the Crown.”

For further information contact:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250) 490-5314
Dylan Penner, Media Officer / Agent des Médias, The Council of Canadians: (613) 795-8685
Matthew Carroll, Campaigns Director, Leadnow.ca: (289) 244-9930
Brenda Sayers, Councillor, Hupacasath First Nation: (250) 731-4147

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  • Rick

    Throw harper out, he is a disgrace to Canada

  • Jason

    I would love to know what specific actions we might take to create the result we’re looking for – any specific thoughts, guidance or actions you might recommend? what are others doing that is effective?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Belanger/704412666 Linda Belanger

      Good question Jason. Ranting at Harper is not going to accomoplish much. I really think the FNs have the right idea and I just wish more Canadians would get it. Democracy is dead in this country. 400 page amendments are fast tracked through the House without a comma being changed, the Cons wrote a book on how to disrupt committees, committees meet in Camera, not science, no statistics not consultation with anyone. I am making my New Years resolution early this year. It is to talk to everyone I meet over the holidays about the dangers of FIPA and I am going to the FN demo in Ottawa on Dec. 21 – Parl Hill 1:30 pm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alec-Bruyns/1805273688 Alec Bruyns

    I think we should impeach Harper for treason.

  • Bob

    The Harper government is a disgrace to Canada when it comes to the environment. At times he makes me ashamed to be a Canadian!

    • nitpic

      You shouldn’t be ashamed to be a Canadian…he should be ashamed to call himself a Canadian!

  • http://www.facebook.com/artist.kim.hunter Kim Hunter

    Canadian citizens: Call for an IMMEDIATE No-Confidence vote against Stephen Harper
    https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/canadian-citizens-call-for-an-immediate-no-confidence-vote-against-stephen-harper
    There is another petition circulating for Harper to be arrested for treason. :)

  • brenda Sayers

    Would love to talk to you Jason. we need all the volunteers we can get.

  • Maryanne Weis

    Harper is erasing democracy in this country. We have given him too much power and he cannot be stopped. He gives or removes at his leisure and for no intelligent reason except to strengthen corporate power against the people of Canada, the environment and Canadian resources.

  • Samantha Davies

    Impeachment!

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