Indigenous Peoples

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For immediate release                                                                                       December 10, 2015

First Nation leaders urge Trudeau government to keep campaign promises, stop proposed Site C dam, and usher in new era of cooperation

OTTAWA - First Nation chiefs from British Columbia and representatives from the Assembly of First Nations are calling on the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a second look at a Cabinet decision of the former federal government providing initial approval of the controversial Site C dam.


December 9, 2015


Press Conference: First Nations Leaders to Call on Federal Government to Stop Site C Dam Project in Treaty 8 Territory in British Columbia

Stewart Phillip

At an estimated $9 billion and counting, the proposed Site C dam in northern British Columbia is an economic, environmental and social catastrophe in the making.


Leyland Cecco

. . . While world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issues dire warnings about the Arctic, the country’s Inuit worry they will be sidestepped when it comes to administering, monitoring and protecting the passage.


WASWANIPI, QC, Dec. 4, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - In a last-minute decision, the Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (COMEX) has agreed to postpone the public hearing on the construction of forest access roads that would impact the Broadback Forest, one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Quebec's boreal forest.

Nunatsiaq News Staff
Indigenous peoples attending the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, including the Inuit Circumpolar Council's president, Okalik Eegeesiak, at left, speak Dec. 2 with François Hollande at his official residence. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE)

Dressed in traditional garments, Indigneous representatives at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris — who included Arctic delegation head Okalik Eeegeesiak from the Inuit Circumpolar Council — met Dec. 2 with François Hollande, the president of France, at his official residence, the Élysée.

Suzanne Dhaliwal
Press Conference indigenous rights

Immediate Release

December 4th, 2015

Press Contacts:

North America Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network,, 1-708-515-6158

EU Suzanne Dhaliwal, Indigenous Environmental Network, UK Tar Sands Network +447772694327

Assembly of First Nations

Transmitted by CNW Group on : December 2, 2015 13:30

AFN National Chief Tells World Leaders at UN Conference that Acting on Indigenous Rights Most Effective Way to Combat Climate Change

Jim Robbins
Cree activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, shown at a Keystone XL protest last January, is organizing First Nations opposition to the Energy East Pipeline.

Sitting in his office on the outskirts of Montreal, Serge Otis Simon, council chief of the Kanastake — a band of Mohawks — is clear about what might happen if the proposed Energy East Pipeline is routed through the band's land, in spite of their opposition. "The Warrior Society are men whose duty is given by creation to protect the land, people, and community," he told me, describing a group of Mohawks who go by that name.

Sima Sahar Zerehi
'As the ice melts and the passage becomes more open other countries are going to test our sovereignty over the Northwest Passage,' says Paul Crowley, director of WWF-Canada's Arctic Program. 'We’d be better off with a frozen Arctic.' (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

Inuit and environmental groups are at the climate change summit in Paris to warn against the the environmental, human and security threats of climate change and lobby for action.

The United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) started this week in Paris, bringing together indigenous and environmental groups from across the globe lobbying for decisive action on climate change that address both the environmental as well as the human cost of global warming.  


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