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Prime Minister Accused of Trampling First Nations Rights

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by Andy Rowell, Common Dreams

There are moments that define a politician. There are legacies that they leave. But the reality of high office is often so different from the easy promises of opposition.

And one of those issues he promised a brighter future on is Indigenous Rights.

Trudeau is full of fine words and promises, for example, saying last year: “Our government is working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to advance meaningful reconciliation and build a future where Indigenous peoples succeed and prosper.”

But Trudeau’s actions have not lived up to his fine rhetoric. For most of last year he was embroiled in a bitter and expensive controversy about the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline (see here and here for more info).

And this year has not got off to a better start for him either. There has been a major confrontation between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and First Nations about the building of yet more fossil fuel infrastructure: a $6.2 billion gas natural gas pipeline by TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink. The pipeline is due to transport fracked natural gas from northeastern BC some 670 kilometers to the coast where an LNG Canada facility is due to be built too.

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