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e-324 (Environmental assessment and review)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Helen Knott from Fort St John, British Columbia, on May 3, 2016, at 2:41 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Aboriginal rights
British Columbia
Government accountability
Peace River
Site C Clean Energy Project
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • A joint federal-provincial environmental impact assessment concluded that the Site C dam project in British Columbia would “severely undermine” the rights of Indigenous peoples – rights that are protected by Treaty 8, section 35 (1) of the Canadian Constitution Act and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • The Site C dam would impact over 330 archaeological sites, including sacred grounds and numerous burial sites by creating a reservoir 83 kilometres long;
  • Treaty 8 has had to address these impacts through court challenges while permits continue to be issued by the Federal Government to allow construction to continue even while Treaty 8’s constitutional rights are being reviewed by the courts; and
  • West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson said the Site C dam will not pass the Sparrow test, a legal litmus test for determining if a government justifiably violates First Nations rights, because there is no demonstrable need for the Site C power. The Chair of the Joint Review Panel agrees that “the case that we need this power by 2024 was not made then and is in even worse shape now”.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to to suspend all federal Site C project approvals and issuance of any further permits until an expedited, open and transparent review of the infringement of the project on Treaty 8 rights is concluded.
Skeena—Bulkley Valley
NDP
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on November 28, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00983)
Government response tabled on January 30, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-01)
Open for signature : May 3, 2016, at 2:41 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : August 31, 2016, at 2:41 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
107
British Columbia
1566
Manitoba
19
New Brunswick
7
Newfoundland and Labrador
7
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
19
Nunavut
1
Ontario
126
Prince Edward Island
6
Quebec
25
Saskatchewan
22
Yukon
8
Other Countries
19
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