Below is the letter written by Mrs. Leslie Norton of the United Nations Office in Geneva. Mrs. Leslie Norton should be removed from office for intentionally and deceitfully ignoring the wishes and consent given by, the Stellat’en First Nation, Saik’uz First Nation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Saulteau First Nations, Kitselas First Nation, West Moberly First Nations, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en Indian Band, Burns Lake Indian Band, Blueberry River First Nations, Halfway River First Nation, Doig River First Nation, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Yekooche First Nation, Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band, Skin Tyee First Nation, Witset First Nation, Nak’azdli Whut’en, Haisla Nation, that have all consented to and support the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline project.
In her letter rebuking Canada, she writes.
“I refer to your letter of 7 July 2020 and I thank you for the information provided in response to the Committee’s decision of 13 December 2019 concerning allegations of violations of the rights of indigenous peoples, in particular the absence of the free, prior and informed consent of the Secwepemc and We’suwet’en communities,in relation to the development of the C dam project, the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project in British Columbia as well as the Coastal Gaz Link Pipeline“
For the purpose of this article we will only deal with OUR backyard. Mrs. Leslie Norton goes on to say. (the complete letter as a PDF is attached below.
“The Committee regrets the State party interprets the free, prior and informed consent principle as well as the duty to consult as a duty to engage in a meaningful and good faith dialogue with indigenous peoples and to guarantee a process, but not a particular result. In this regard, the Committee would like to draw its attention on the Committee’s general recommendation No. 23 (1997) on the rights of indigenous peoples, in which it calls upon States parties to ensure that no decisions directly relating to the rights or interests of indigenous peoples is taken without their informed consent.“
Clearly in regards to the ” Coastal Gaz Link Pipeline” consent was achieved and Mrs. Leslie Norton clearly wants the small number of “PROTESTORS” to become the consenting party.
Her letter is highly inappropriate, its an insult to every aboriginal nation that have signed on to the project. As for the other projects she mentions, I highly expect the same thing applies, the absence of mention that the majority of aboriginal nations have consented, and Mrs. Leslie Norton seems to only consider radical protestors as aboriginals. The Secwepemc Nation did endorse the project, it was only the radical and verbally abusive Tiny House Warriors that are opposed, most of whom are not even aboriginal.INT_CERD_ALE_CAN_9296_E
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