May 23, 2022

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Native Canadians go to court to protect their ancestral lands from the pipeline

In Canada, indigenous peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation were arrested for fighting to protect their ancestral lands. Amnesty International has condemned the absurd and unacceptable situation

Of the natives Canada They are waging a brave war to defend their rights and ancestral lands வெட்சுவெட்டேன் (In British Columbia), the place to be affected by the controversial passage Coastal gas connection. TransCanada’s plan involves the construction of a gigantic gas pipeline about 700 km long, which is vehemently opposed by indigenous communities.

But the inhabitants of the native lands come to court instead of being heard or protected. In fact, this is already the third time in three years that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested area guards in protest of a plan that endangers entire ecosystems.

Prior to the latest Maxi arrests last November, 29 tribal activists and journalists peacefully protested against digging under the Morris River, one of the main sources of drinking water for communities in the area. Salmon wild (endangered). The protesters were taken away by law enforcement and will be produced in court in about a month.

The voices of tribal communities were repeatedly suppressed

Between various international associations dealing with the protection of human rights Amnesty International What is happening in Canada is unacceptable and very serious.

Heritage leaders Wet’suwet’en – the country’s traditional authorities – never agreed to the coastal gas connection pipeline project, but Canadian authorities ignored their right to self-determination and allowed the project to proceed without their permission. In September, they expressed their opposition to the company’s plans to drill under the river. They are concerned about the ongoing violations of their rights, the ongoing economic, social, and cultural levels, and the potential dangers to the environment and their health.

Although United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has already negatively assessed the attitude of Canadian authorities in 2019.

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The committee opposed the government’s decision, urging Canada:

  • Immediately halt construction of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) on the lands of the Wetsweton people and suspend all permits and approvals for the construction of a coastal gas connection pipeline.
  • Stop the forced eviction of Wet’suwet’en people immediately
  • Ensure that no force is exerted on Wet’suwet’en people
  • Withdraw Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Security Services from their ancestral lands

But all of these appeals went unnoticed. In fact, tensions have risen in recent months. In fact, both Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Colombian Premier John Hornen pledged to defend the rights of indigenous peoples with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), although they continue to ignore their voices. But Canadian Aborigines will not stop. And they are not afraid of police or blizzards.

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proof’s: Amenisty International/ Peace Brigades International – Canada

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