Queen's University expert comments on Aboriginal consultation for Northern Gateway project
The federal government has approved Enbridge’s $6.5-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project with 209 conditions, including a commitment to embarking on further consultations with Aboriginal communities.
Queen’s expert Anne Johnson is available to discuss this consultation process and ways the mining industry affects Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
“With Aboriginal and title rights protected by Section 35 of the 1982 Constitution, and protection for un-ceded lands guaranteed by the Royal Proclamation of 1763, Nations whose traditional territory is crossed by the proposed route have access to powerful legal tools with which to oppose the Northern Gateway project,” says Ms. Johnson.
“Enbridge states that it has agreements with almost 60% of the Aboriginal communities along the pipeline route, although listening to BC Chiefs, it would appear that this number does not include any of the communities whose lands are on the route and who stand to be directly affected by the pipeline.”
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