Canada’s First Nations leaders confront Harper Gvt on Parliament Hill
*The Conservatives’ unilateralism when creating bills that negatively impact Aboriginal peoples Bill C-45′s changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which will severely impact First Nations Treaty rights and way of life.
*The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has argued that Bill C-45 would allow the tar sands industry to destroy vital waterways and treaty rights. Earlier, the nation’s Chief Allan Adam said Canada’s First Nations “have seen the erosion of our people’s Treaty rights throughout various forms of legislation over the past decade.”
*The continuing erosion of First Nations-Canada treaty rights, especially since the Conservative came to power in 2006
*The Conservative government’s reckless sell-off of the ownership of our natural resources. The hotly-contested the Canada-China investment treaty (or FIPA), for example The Conservatives’ undisguised efforts to weaken and control First Nations communities across the country Maybe, just maybe, the leaders also wanted to tell Harper that Aboriginal and other progressive activists, dissenters and civil society organizations aren’t radicals and “enemies of the state”? In a January 2012 letter, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver labeled environmental movements “radical groups” funded by “foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest.” He suggested that these groups pursued “their radical ideological agenda.” And that their goal is “to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth.”