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The Canadian government is arguing in court that UNDRIP is a "contextual" and "interpretive aid only"—and that neither it nor the new UNDRIP act can be used to strike down new federal laws that may violate them.

Story here:… #UNDRIP #cdnpoli
A lawyer representing band members in the case says she was “disappointed but not surprised” to see the feds' "impoverished" interpretation of the new UNDRIP law.

“People had high hopes for Bill C-15. Those who were cynical about it would say, more or less, 'I told you so'."
"The UN Declaration can serve as an interpretive aid to Canadian," says Ottawa's legal brief. "However, neither the UN Declaration nor the UN Declaration Act can displace the Constitution or clear statutory language."
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Why would @Dave_Eby & @jjhorgan have their lawyer argue in Supreme Court that the #Nuchatlaht were too “small and weak” to have title over their land? Lawyer Echols had the dishonourable, sloppy, audacity to say this in front of Justice Myers and I’m still speechless. #BCpoli 🤯
Frankly, the provincial government should not have lawyer on payroll that forwards colonial, profoundly racists, inaccurate and harmful actions like this. It’s 2022 FFS. 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 #DRIPA #UNDRIP #BCpoli #Nuchatlaht
The Province, clearly embarrassed, have called a motion to amend and detract the word “weak” replacing it with “Prior to and at the date of sovereignty the Nuchatlaht were relatively small and had little capacity from stopping other indigenous groups from using the land…..” 🙄
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I had another meeting about old-growth with reps from a First Nation in BC this morning. Like a lot of these conversations, it was incredible heartbreaking and frustrating.

LONG thread on the BC government's broken approach on old-growth forests.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth #UNDRIP
The Nation I talked to, like all in BC, have had some of the threatened old-growth in their territory recommended for deferrals (two year holds on logging) by the provincial government.

The province has asked the Nation to inform them of their intention within 30 days.
Like most of the 200+ First Nations in the province, this community is concerned about remaining old-growth and the continued logging of it.

Also like many Nations here, they're involved in logging, after 100+ years of being excluded from economic development on their land.
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While the @bcndp gov’t struggles with the severe impacts of flooding that are a result of the worsening #ClimateCrisis they are diverting critical #RCMP resources into #Wetsuweten territory again to protect the gov’ts #frackedgas pipeline 1/ #bcpoli #LNG
When @geoffmeggs delivered the news to the @bcgreencaucus that the @bcndp were going to support the #CGL #frackedgas pipeline I asked him how they would deal with the long-established blockades on #Wetsuweten territory. He said it was under control. Clearly not! 2/ #bcpoli
The chaos in Crown-Indigenous relations has been created by a @bcndp gov’t whose words and actions are not aligned. Say one thing, do another. @MurrayRankinNDP was on the #Wetsuweten file since early 2020 when he was brought in to mop up the mess gov’t created. #FAIL 3/ #bcpoli
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Reeeeaaaallly long 🧵 about #oldgrowth in B.C.:

So, tomorrow marks two weeks until the one year anniversary of the release of the Old-Growth Strategic Review (OGSR) report.

You can check out the report here:… #bcpoli #cdnpoli
The report was written by the OGSR panel, comprised of two expert foresters who undertook the most extensive review of forest policy ever done in BC from the fall of 2019 to spring 2020.

The panel gave its report to the @bcndp government on April 30, 2020.
#bcpoli #oldgrowth
Government sat on the report for more than four months, before publishing it Sept.11, 2020.

The report is good. Its assessment of the status quo as unsustainable and call for a paradigm shift echoed what the environmental movement has been saying for decades.
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A Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (#RCEP) @DrRimmer #trade #intellectualproperty #ecommerce #humanrights #SDGs #health #plainpacks #access2meds #COVID19 #Asia #auspol #auslaw
TRIPS Flexibilities and TRIPS-plus Provisions in the #RCEP Chapter on Intellectual Property: How Much Policy Space is Retained? @South_Centre… #trade #intellectualproperty #SDGs Image
How a new trade deal could make it harder to improve life for Australians in aged care… @AFTINET are concerned about the trade in services provisions provisions in #RCEP. #agedcare #agedcarerc #trade #services #auspol #auslaw
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THIS IS TODAY. 5 pm. Hear from the Chief of the First Nation fighting #SiteC in BC Supreme Court, Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly FN @dunnezaman, as well as geotechnical expert on #SiteC's unsafety & more. Please join! #bcpoli #Covid19BC #cdnpoli #theDamTruth #UNDRIP
@dunnezaman ..I'll try to live tweet parts of this webinar. If you would like to donate to West Moberly's court challenge to the #SiteC dam, the link is here. #bcpoli
@dunnezaman ..Up first is Chief Roland Willson @dunnezaman of West Moberly First Nations.
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Minister @BruceRalston gave @MA_BC a million dollars to produce a road map that has a copy edit at the top of page 4 - OUR DESINTATION. Given NGOs and community groups were left out of the “engagement” on this, how about we suggest a few other edits. 1/…
Start of report: “More than 150 years ago, our industry helped build our province’s cities and towns.” Given how good you claim to be on Indigenous relations, did you ask some nations what they think about this statement? @tsilhqotin @Stkemlups_SSN @Sneena01 @CarrierSekani? 2/
Painting our colonialist history with nostalgia & industriousness erases the reality of the past. Up to 90% of Indigenous communities were wiped out from smallpox brought with the second wave of the Gold Rush. BC has no treaties in part b/c Trutch placed his bets on 100%... 3/
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This is my last week as Curator of the Indigenous Collection at the @RoyalBCMuseum. I am happy to leave that wicked place behind. Yet, as long as the museum continues to possess my family’s sacred items that were taken from us during residential school, I can never truly leave.
As Curator of the Indigenous Collections I wholeheartedly support, agree, confirm and share the experiences that former Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Head Lucy Bell expressed last summer. #IsupportLucy I challenge other current staff to publicly express their support.
The @RoyalBCMuseum has outright discrimination, white privilege, bullying, micro aggressions. This has been my experience as an Indigenous staff person at the museum. I echo and support Lucy Bell's call for zero tolerance policy towards racism within the museum.
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Bill C-15 (#UNDRIP) there is a huge difference between putting international law UNDER section 35 (Doctrine of discovery and canadian whiteman made law control) versus expanding section 35 (making canadian racist doctrine of discovery laws) to meet international standards.
Plus Bill C-15 says it will be under “a minister” - no specificity. Why would we agree to put the international laws into the hands of some rogue minister? Or is this a made for Perry position?

Treaty First Nations argue that our laws are international nation to nation
agreements. Why would we agree to put this higher level under canada’s constitution? Why?

Canada is trying to take our international arguments and put them into that section 35 box that has mind numbing tests where our people have to “PROVE” things like “we were here first.” 🤦🏽‍♀️
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We share a duty to build a fairer Canada for all, not just a few. This morning I tabled Bill C-15, regarding the implementation of #UNDRIP, a major step in the reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We can’t change the past, but today, we set the course toward a better future.…
#C15 is the result of our collaboration with many Indigenous leaders. I was both moved and proud to have them by my side today. To all those who helped, thank you for your fundamental contribution.
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powerful speech from @perrybellegarde, on @CBCNews. Thank you, CBC, for including sidebars with key points underpinning this momentous event - "Ottawa Introduces UNDRIP Legislation"

(previous Bill C-262 introduced in 2018, stalled in Senate)
from the sidebars (h/t @CBCNews):
What is the 'UNDRIP'?
. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
. 46 articles ratified in 2007 by 144 members of UN Gen'l Assembly
. Recognizes basic human rights of Indigenous people
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Canada just tabled legislation to meet its obligations to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. #SupportUNDRIP

My reaction in the thread below:
The AFN welcomes the tabling of a bill to advance implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. First Nations across Canada will be examining this bill closely because the implementation of the Declaration is crucial to our rights. #SupportUNDRIP /2
The new implementation bill will provide a framework to ensure respect of human rights, will launch a process of review and reform of federal law, and will require reports on progress made. /3
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"Indigenous peoples have suffered from historic injustices as a result of, i.a., their colonization and dispossession of their lands, territories and resources ..."

"Declaration on the Rights of #Indigenous Peoples" (#UNDRIP, 2007)… #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Article 1:

"Indigenous peoples have the right to full enjoyment (...) of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law."…
Article 2:

"Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity."…
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🔎Wet'suwet'en: A Deeper Look🔍

1) There is much more going on than we're being told. The office of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs is a political organization and not the actual band itself.
2) The office of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs takes money from the Tides Foundation. This is well documented and admitted by both sides.
2) Tides is funded in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and gives money to other anti-oil initiatives.…
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So what's so bad about #CoastalGaslink? The project doesn't affect the United States, & its website touts lots of Indigenous Input AND even respecting #UNDRIP!…

Clean Natural Gas!

Except ...
The @CoastalGasLink project is owned by @TCEnergy, which, despite ITS slick website touting Safety as their #1 Value…

#WetsuwetenSolidarity 2/14
TCEnergy has uhm, less than perfect safety records:

in Walsh County North Dakota LAST OCTOBER 2019 over 383,000 gallons spilled…

#WetsuwetenSolidarity 3/14 Grand Forks Herald Headline page reporting Keystone Pipeline oil spill in Walsh County reported at 383,000 gallonsA screen shoot of TCEnergy's Operations map, which covers 40 states in the US and most Canadian provincesScreenshot of TCEnergy's oprations map detailing Coastal GasLink details as follows<br />
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<br />
APPROXIMATE PIPELINE LENGTH: ** 670 km (416 miles)<br />
STATUS: In Development<br />
OPERATED BY: TC Energya google news screenshot detailing the oil spill in Walsh County near Edinburg North Dakota in October 2019
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This dam conference on hydro-impacted communities starts today! It's actually named "Ki Ta Ski Naw" or 'rise up' in Cree. For those interested in following along, I think hashtags will be #hydroimpacted #hydrojustice & I'll also try to use #SiteC #bcpoli…
Looking forward to the first panel which will be moderated by BC journalist @sarahcox_bc. Opening welcome now. Starting to regain feeling in my face from the walk here, hi Winnipeg!
We're in Treaty 1 territory for the #hydroimpacted conference. Welcome by local elder Dave Scott in Cree language. Speaking now about the treaty relationship, its history, the 'doctine of discovery', Trudeau's White Paper & ongoing devolution process.. cc #SiteC #treaty8
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Reading @TanyaTalaga’s Seven Fallen Feathers (re: deaths of 7 Indigenous youth in #thunderbay) & she immediately calls out #Canada for its audacity to claim having 1 of the best education systems in the world when Indigenous students face a lack of schools & quality education.
Makes me wonder whether Canadian schools and educators deserve such a title when we aren’t properly addressing issues that Indigenous children & youth are experiencing in education. #UNDRIP #unitednations #indigenousrights #indigenousstudents…
Who is benefiting from these rankings? Who’s hurting? How do Ind students fit in the picture of these rankings? Do certain achievements give us a pass on addressing issues in our education system? How many more Ind students need to drop out or end their lives before we wake up?
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I can only laugh at the hand-wringing coming from #cdnmedia in regards to the #bcpoli announcement today to work with the rights of the Indigenous per the CDN Constitution is a real & constructive way.

But, but, but - what will that mean for "CONSENT"?

#cdnpoli #history
2. ... Perhaps it will mean the Indigenous will get a real slice of the deal in meaningful ways, developed with mutual respect & understandings.

Most of all, maybe it'll mean no more breaking the arms of FN women when they speak up to those resource corps.

#cdnpoli #bcpoli
The Indigenous have had to give up far, far more than any CDN will ever have to, and yet there are still those who state the Indigenous 'will have to work w/#cdnpoli'.
Ahem, when will the CDNs genuinely work up to their own Constitution & the recognized rights of the Indigenous?
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NDP Leader @AndreaHorwath: Can Ford explain to the woman driving a school bus in Etobicoke for $30,000/yr why she has to forego increases that keep up with the cost of living. While Ford's campaign insider Ian Todd gets a 25% pay hike making $350,000/yr working for the Ford govt?
Horwath: Todd just one example. When it comes to Ford's friends and Conservative connections a seat on the Ford gravy train with six-figure salaries and hefty pay packages are par for the course.
Horwath: Ford tells a working woman who spends her day travelling to provide home care the $32,000/yr she earns is too much. Ford asks that personal support worker to tighten her belt, while handing former PC Party Pez Reuben Devlin a $375,000/yr consulting gig. #onpoli
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So... @jjhorgan @GeorgeHeyman @scottfraserndp et al. @bcndp just going to turn a blind eye to #Unistoten situation or are you going to step up and act like leaders on this? #BCpoli #CdnPoli #Deescalate #UNDRIP #NoConsent #NoPipelines
...there's an aching silence right now that for #BCNDP folks in particular should smell a lot like the days leading up to August 18, 1995. #BCpoli
also - I think @jjhorgan @SohiAmarjeet @DonaldsonDoug @GeorgeHeyman @michellemungall @lanapopham & @BruceRalston should withdraw from the @BCNRF #BCNRF19 until the conflict is resolved in order to show respect. #BCpoli #UNDRIP
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Today the First Nations challenge to #SiteC in BC Supreme Court resumes, asking for an injunction to stop work on the dam until the rest of the Treaty 8 infringement case is decided in court. A critical case for BC. Follow the #SiteC & #SiteCInjunction hashtags this week! #bcpoli
Heading over to 800 Smithe now for 9:45 entry. All are welcome to be in the courtroom - please join us. Latecomers not admitted; proceedings start 10 am sharp. #bcpoli
This final week of the #SiteCinjunction hearing involves lawyers from the Province of BC (we have already heard from @sage_legal on behalf of West Moberly & Prophet River FNs, and BC Hydro's lawyers. #bcpoli #SiteC
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Anti-racism 101. A thread.
#1. If a BIPOC person criticizes whiteness or white people, they’re talking about the construct of whiteness, white supremacy, white supremacist behaviour & institutions. If you & others don’t do the thing described, DO NOT go “not all white people”. They know it’s not all of us.
#2. Systemic racism. The institutions (e.g. police, law courts, schools), behaviours, societal assumptions, discrimination, lack of representation in media, stereotypes, and other systems that oppress BIPOC people.
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