Indigneous peoples' rights must be respected
The $8 billion plus Site C hydroelectric dam would flood more than 100 km of the Peace Valley and its tributaries in northen British Columbia. The flooding would submerge hundreds of cultural and historic sites, and destroy vital wildlife habitat and lands where the Dane-Zaa, Cree, and Métis peoples hunt, trap, and gather berries and medicines. The federal and provincial governments approved construction of the dam even though their own environmental review process concluded that flooding the valley would “severely undermine” the ability of
Indigenous peoples to carry out hunting, fishing, and other traditions protected by treaty, the Canadian Constitution and international law. Even though the case is still before the courts, the provincial government has pushed ahead with construction.
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