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UPDATE: The Council of Canadians working to stop the Canada-China FIPA

“The federal government has not acted with due diligence and have clearly not fulfilled constitutional obligations they have to either First Nations or the provinces. These obligations must be met before ratifying something that will give 31 year access to the resources in a way that could undermine Indigenous rights and the environment. For Stephen Harper to rush this ratification through behind closed doors would be completely unacceptable.” – Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow

The Council of Canadians is actively opposing the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. For all the latest information, please see the following resources:

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The Council of Canadians has made a first contribution of $2,500 to the legal challenge initiated by the Hupacasath and has encouraged its members to support the challenge. In early-January 2013, the Alberni Valley News reported, “The tribe solicited the help of West Coast Environmental Law, Lead Now, and the Council or Canadians in its effort, Hupacasath First Nation Councillor Brenda Sayers said.”

More to come.