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2016 Suppressed News: September 24

29.9.16

2016 Suppressed News: September 24, 2016
Canada: on September 22nd, Indigenous leaders from across North America (among them the Standing Rock Sioux) signed a Treaty in Montreal and Vancouver to stand together in forbidding the use of their lands for production or distribution of crude oil from the Alberta oilsands. Also targeted: TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and Line 3 pipeline modernization/replacement, the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion, and the Keystone XL pipeline (the rejection by U.S. President Obama is currently challenged by TransCanada in courts). Not mentioned: the BC government has approved the Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre LNG facility and a 47 kilometre natural gas pipeline between Vancouver Island and Squamish. Not mentioned: the Trudeau government has issued two permits for the Site C dam near Fort St. John; two bands are trying to halt construction in court (previous). The Indigenous Treaty position protects Indigenous heritage, protects affected Indigenous environments from the risk of extreme pollution, eases the dangers to local wildlife, encourages alternative energy sources of wind and solar and tidal power, helps Canada honour its commitment to keep the global temperature increase to under 1.5% Celsius. The growing number of Treaty signatories has reached some seventy 70 aboriginal bands or nations. The fact of the Treaty makes clear that the pipelines do not have the Indigenous peoples' support as required by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (previous). On Sept. 20th David Archambault II, acting chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux (see above and previous) asked the U.N.'s Human Rights Council in Geneva, to "call upon all parties to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to protect our environment and our nation's future, our culture and our way of life." The "Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands Expansion," is available online at [access:< http://www.treatyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Treaty-and-additional-information.pdf >]. Partial sources online: "U.S. and Canadian aboriginal groups sign treaty to oppose oilsands development," Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press, Sept. 22, 2016, CTV News Montreal; "Energy East: Kanesatake grand chief vows to pull out stops to fight pipeline," March 14, 2016, CBC News; "Here are the major Canadian pipelines the oil patch wants built," Christopher Adams (Analysis, Energy), Sept. 22, 2016, National Observer; "Canadian First Nations, U.S. tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines," Thomson Reuters, Sept. 22, 2016, CBC News; "Standing Rock Sioux Chairman asks the United Nations for protection of the tribe's sovereign rights," navajo, Sept. 20, 2016, Daily Kos.; "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Takes #NODAPL to the United Nations," Sept. 20, 2016, Indian Law Resource Center .


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