Bruce Cheadle

UN eyes Site C impact on world heritage site

OTTAWA - A United Nations monitoring mission to a world heritage site in northern Alberta appears likely to focus more attention on the contested Site C hydroelectric project next door in British Columbia.

Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1983, is under review this week at the request of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, which petitioned the world body in 2014 to list the park as being under threat from various developments.



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The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.

The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.”

Jorge Barrera

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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould should resign her post over the federal approval of permits for British Columbia’s Site C mega dam, says the chief of West Moberly First Nation, one of the Treaty 8 communities facing territorial destruction as a result of the project.

Dan Healing

Sept 16, 2016 - Solar power projects that could jolt Alberta's electricity grid with the addition of hundreds of megawatts of renewable power are being lined up in anticipation of incentives from the provincial NDP government.

According to the Alberta Electric System Operator, 21 proposed solar projects generating a total of 681 MW — about 60 times the existing provincial solar capacity — have been registered on its system access service request list as of Sept. 1.

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Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette / a portion of the Peace River Valley that would be flooded by the proposed Site C dam. (CBC / Peace Valley Environmental Association)

Wednesday September 14, 2016

Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette has broken ranks with his government's approval of a BC dam project, saying a failure to consult local First Nations could violate the UN declaration on indigenous rights.


Katy Quinn
Rolling Justice Bus against Site C Dam photo by Deirdre Kelly

Nine years ago today, on September 13, 2007, the United Nations took an important step towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples when the General Assembly voted 144-4 to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While 11 countries abstained, four countries voted against the Declaration: Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Gloria Galloway
People converge on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest the Site C hydroelectric dam project on Sept. 13, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

First Nations leaders from British Columbia were in Ottawa this week to tell federal politicians they have been betrayed by a government that promised a new relationship with indigenous people then approved the construction of a massive hydro dam that threatens their traditional way of life.

The $8.8-billion BC Hydro project on the Peace River, known as Site C, received authorizations from the federal departments of Fisheries and Transport earlier this summer.

Helen Knott

After a 4,000 kilometre journey by caravan, members of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations arrived in Montreal today to present their case at the Federal Court of Appeal, challenging the construction of the Site C dam on their traditional territories.

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The federal government’s approach to the Site C dam project in British Columbia is not in keeping with Canada’s constitution nor with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

The multi-billion dollar project — a proposed dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River — would create an 83-kilometre reservoir and flood farm land along with traditional First Nations territory.


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