The B.C. government and corporate lobbyists representing major resource industries sought the “surrender” of First Nations land rights immediately following the Delgamuukw decision, a precedent-setting legal ruling that established Aboriginal title to unceded land, according to Freedom of Information (FOI) documents obtained by The Narwhal.
The records, from B.C.’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, provide a glimpse for the first time of a corporate lobbying effort urging government to push First Nations to surrender their newly recognized title rights through modern treaties to achieve “certainty” for commercial interests.
As Canadians are being told to stay home to stop the spread of Covid 19, Coastal Gaslink continues work as usual on our territories. RCMP continue to be flown in from across the province to escort pipeline workers onto our unceded lands, pipelines are being stockpiled, and the pipeline right of way is being cleared on Unist'ot'en, Gidimt'en and Lihkts'amisyu territories.
BC has shut down large gatherings and declared a state of emergency, but Coastal Gaslink keeps bringing in large numbers of workers onto our territory. Our Wet'suwet'en homesites and healing center are on lock down. Our clan meetings, to discuss our rights and title with our communities, have all been postponed. Meanwhile, we face a steady stream of transient workers and RCMP who put our people and communities - and especially our elders - at risk. Our elders are keepers of cultural knowledge and language.
Indigenous communities are already at increased risk from this pandemic, due to a lack of adequate health care and housing infrastructure. CGL and RCMP's actions are compromising our health and safety. They are carrying on with business as usual, acting as though they are above the law and above common decency.
This is unacceptable. CGL must be stopped.
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