Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 24, 2013

American Indian Genocide Museum: Protest Canadian Consulate Houston Jan. 28, 2013

Reuters photo Idle No More
Peaceful Protest at Canadian Consulate { located in Chase Bank building}


When:  Monday January 28th 2013
Time: 11:00 AM -  1:00 PM 
Where: 5847  San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77057 
We will meet on the sidewalk in front of the Chase Bank building.
Parking garage is on side street near the back.   Cost 2.00 dollars an hour.  
This is not just a Canadian First Nations issue.  It is not just a Canadian issue.  This is about Human Rights and Protecting the environment for all people.
Canadian Omnibus Bill C-45 was passed by the Canadian Government. 
Indian Act
The amendments to the Indian Act are clearly designed to give the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs access over First Nations' lands and undue influence on vulnerable communities. The key amendment to the Act gives the government authority to determine the surrender of any portion of any First Nation territory at any given time.
This clause is in direct contravention of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which calls for the "free, prior and informed consent" of all Indigenous peoples exercising their right of self-determination.
Fisheries Act
New changes to the Fisheries Act build on changes in the spring omnibus legislation which further undermines Canada's ecology and removes legal barriers to oil, pipeline and other developers. Four former fisheries ministers as well as countless scientists have publicly opposed these amendments.  Currently resource developers have to receive authorization under the Act when their projects damage lakes, rivers or other fish habitat. They must also specify the corrective action. Under these new changes, the developer will no longer be responsible for fixing the environmental and habitat damage they cause. 
The Navigable Waters Protection Act
The Navigable Waters Protection Act will be amended to reduce its scope to less than one percent of Canadian waters. The new law will restrict federal oversight to the three oceans that border Canada and to a mere 97 lakes and 62 rivers.
The traditional territories of Aboriginal peoples' will be at the greatest risk of environmental exploitation as the law was designed to provide quick development access to resource extraction industries, a great number of which operate on First Nations' land.    -  -  - More information on Bill C-45 can be found at this link.      Website:  Idle No More  Canada

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