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February 8, 2016

The Council of Canadians was proud to help support a ground-breaking Indigenous Peoples Meeting on Climate Change on January 24-26 on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta.

Members and leaders of nations from around the country were brought together, and filled a hotel conference room to share and hear stories, to learn from each other about climate change impacts and ways forward, and to contribute to the development of an Indigenous Peoples climate change position paper and action plan. Topics of the conference included climate change policy, community successes, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous food and energy security/sovereignty, and many other inter-related topics brought up through stories and presentations.

February 8, 2016

Wolastoq media

The Wolastoq Grand Council issued a statement this morning on protecting their non-ceded homeland from the Energy East pipeline.

The statement declares, "As members of the Wolastoq Grand Council we unanimously oppose the Energy East Pipeline Project in order to protect our non-ceded homeland and waterways, our traditional and cultural connection to our lands, waterways, and air. The Wolastoq Grand Council has serious concerns for the safety and protection of the animals, fish, birds, insects, plants and tree life that sustains our Wolastoq Nation."

February 8, 2016

ChopraThe Council of Canadians is helping to organize a speaking tour for Dr. Shiv Chopra to Vancouver, Chilliwack, Comox Valley, Nanaimo and Victoria/Cowichan Valley this spring. He will be speaking on the relationship between the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH, also referred to as BGH and rBST), an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase milk output from dairy cows.

February 7, 2016
Terrace chapter
Council of Canadians Terrace chapter.

The Council of Canadians Terrace chapter applauds the Lake Babine Nation for its biomass clean energy project.

As noted on their website, "The Lake Babine Nation are the unconquered Indigenous Peoples of our vast traditional territory located in present day British Columbia. The Creator gave us our territory to enjoy, to manage and to protect. We, the first inhabitants, have lived in our territory since time immemorial. We have and continue to exercise jurisdiction and ownership (title and rights) of our territory and governance with our citizens."

February 6, 2016

Renewables

Could the promised $60 billion in federal infrastructure spending over the next ten years help us achieve the goal of limiting global warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius? Yes, if it is invested in sustainable energy projects and climate jobs; no if it's spent on bigger highways and carbon-intensive projects like the Energy East and Trans Mountain pipelines are approved. Is the political will there to translate the promise of "sunny ways" into solar power and a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050?

During the last federal election, the Liberals promised to "make the New Building Canada Fund more focused." They said, "By providing significant, separate investments in public transit, social infrastructure and green infrastructure, we will enable the New Building Canada Fund to make greater investments in Canada’s roads, bridges, transportation corridors, ports and border gateways, helping Canada’s manufacturers get their goods to market. We will also make the fund more transparent, by providing clearer project criteria, alongside faster approval processes."

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