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431-00156 (Indigenous affairs)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

Whereas:

  • Canadian constitutional law is accountable to the human rights obligations outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP);
  • Provincial and federal governments must follow the legal principles established by the Supreme Court and the constitution, which requires them to engage in good faith negotiations with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs;
  • Canada has also committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report "Calls to Action";
  • The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has called on Canada to: immediately suspend work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until free, prior, and informed consent is obtained from Indigenous Peoples; immediately cease the forced eviction of Wet'suwet'en Peoples; prohibit the use of lethal weapons against Indigenous peoples and guarantee no force will be used against them; withdraw the RCMP and associated security and policing services from traditional lands;
  • Hereditary Chiefs have the right to grant consent, or not, for activities on their territories; and
  • The Coastal GasLink project has the potential to release massive amounts of methane through the extraction, transport, liquefaction and regasification processes.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to commit to upholding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action by immediately:

  • Halt all existing and planned construction of the Coastal GasLink project on Wet'suwet'en territory;
  • Order the RCMP to dismantle their exclusion zone and stand down;
  • Schedule nation-to-nation talks between the Wet'suwet'en Nation and federal and provincial governments; and
  • Prioritize the real implementation of the UNDRIP.

Presented to the House of Commons
Jenica Atwin (Fredericton)
March 11, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00156)
Photo - Jenica Atwin
Fredericton
Green Party Caucus
New Brunswick

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