Canadian MP's Responses to Bill C-45
by Justin Usual on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:03pm ·
#idlenomoreI emailed many Canadian elected officials and received the following replies. First the form letter, originally posted on idlenomore.ca
RE: Bill C-45
This message is to strongly express that I do not support Bill C-45.This Conservative government is blatantly violating the rights of all Canadians and its Indigenous people. Bill C-45 specifically affects Indigenous sovereignty and inherent rights to the land, and therefore must receive due consideration, consultation and consent from the First Nations leaders and communities in which it directly impacts. The Treaties that were signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples are nation to nation covenants that cannot be arbitrarily changed through unilateral legislation. Bill C-45 alters sections of the Indian Act and disregards the Treaties without consultation and consent. Upon review of Bill C-45, it is clear that this legislation benefits corporations involved in oil pipelines and nuclear energy, without due attention and consideration given to the impact that it will have on the land and environment. This government has proposed reconciliation with First Nations peoples, yet continues to enforce numerous policies such as Bill C-45 using paternalistic and neocolonial processes. I demand that Bill C-45 be stopped until a democratic process of consultation and consent is duly followed by the various groups that it does impact.
Dear Mr. Houle,
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