Take Action: Honour Indigenous Rights and Climate Commitments in Pipeline Approval Processes

Dear friends in the Living into Right Relations Network:

Today the following “Take Action” was launched.  It is partially in response to a General Council 42 decision approving a proposal from the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario re Trans Canada Energy East pipeline.  But the Take Action is broader, given what has transpired with the new federal government,  the announcement of interim pipeline review measures, directions of climate change policies, and implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

TAKE ACTION: HONOUR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND CLIMATE COMMITMENTS IN PIPELINE APPROVAL PROCESSES
The National Energy Board has been holding hearings into two pipelines—TransMountain and Energy East—that will carry oil from the oil sands.  Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna have announced interim measures to supplement these hearings, including consultation with Indigenous peoples and the integration of traditional knowledge in decision-making.  We need to ensure that those commitments are reflected in action, and that they reflect Canada’s full endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Moderator Jordan Cantwell wrote to Minister Carr recently “to express concerns about the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipelines with specific reference to Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and our commitment to address global climate change.”

Full text of letter is here: http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/letter_moderator-minister-carr-may-2016.pdf

Add your voice to the Moderator’s by calling on the government to Honour Indigenous Rights and Climate Commitments.

You can also download KAIROS briefing papers on the Interim Pipeline Review Measures and on Challenge for Canada after the Paris Climate Conference.

Questions? Contact Sara Stratton, Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator, sstratton@united-church.ca

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