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Three Days of Solidarity with the Hupacasath for Canada and Freedom!

Calgary, Alberta – June 5th, 6th & 7th, 2013, at Olympic Plaza, 228 – 8 Avenue SE, Idle No More and Concerned Canadians in solidarity with the Hupacasath will be holding Rallies and Round Dances.
In September of 2012, Prime Minister Harper and China’s President Wu signed a treaty entitled the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). This treaty would lock Canada into a 31-year deal with China. FIPPA passed through Parliament without serious scrutiny or debate. However, it has not yet been ratified; the only thing standing in the way of FIPPA is the Hupacasath, a small group of First Nation people on the west coast. The Hupacasath have taken the federal government to court over FIPPA, and the hearings are underway, June 5th, 6th and 7th, 2013.
FIPPA will be detrimental to Canadian People and our Environment. China would have the right to take legal action against all levels of government and receive compensation from Canadian taxpayers for loss of profits. This includes any environmental protection rules that China’s government does not agree with. China could also be off the hook for paying clean-up costs associated with an oil spill or other environmental disaster.
Canadian employment standards will also be on the chopping block within Chinese companies, and the restrictions on foreign labour would not apply. Companies under the FIPPA agreement could refuse to follow Canadian standards including paying compensation to Canadian workers injured or families devastated by employees killed on the job.
Stand up for freedom and true democracy. Show Stephen Harper and his government that freedom and respect for Indigenous peoples matter. Raise your voices and let the Conservative Government know that economic development should not be at the expense of Our Environment and Our Children’s Future.
Rise in solidarity and support the Hupacasath in their mission to protect the Environment, Canadian Human Rights, Democracy and Our Future.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
12:00 PM - Noon
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
12:00 PM - Noon
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
Friday, June 7th, 2013
7:00 PM
Olympic Plaza
228 – 8 Avenue SW
Information about FIPA –
Idle No More –
Idle No More Calgary -
Facebook Calgary Event Page -
Media Contacts:
Brian Seaman
Calgary Human Rights and Civil Liberties Lawyer
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Chantal Chagnon
Idle No More Calgary, Green Party of Canada                    
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Posting as per request from FIPA INM communications


The Council of Canadians


On January 18, 2013, the Hupacasath First Nation of British Columbia took the first steps toward challenging the Harper government’s new corporate rights pact with China through the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA). That’s the day the Hupacasath filed an application in court to stop the ratification of the FIPPA until the government has fulfilled its obligation to consult with First Nations about the impacts the treaty will have on their rights and their lands.

No trade or investment deal in recent memory has attracted so much opposition in Canada – and for good reason. No investment treaty since North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) poses a greater threat to the environment, public health, First Nations and basic notions of democracy. If the FIPPA is ratified, China-based corporations will be able to directly challenge local, provincial and federal policies that interfere with their “right” to make a profit from energy, mining or other controversial projects. Canadian firms will have the same “right” in China, which will have a direct impact on human rights and environmental protections in that country also.

The Hupacasath First Nation is doing all of us a great service by challenging the FIPPA with China. Their legal battle will put Canada’s FIPPAs on trial and shine an important light on how trade and investment pacts undermine democracy in Canada and around the world. You and I need to help the Hupacasath however we can.


 Stop FIPA! Help Legal Action on Canada-China Deal




For those who do not know, Brenda Sayers is the spokesperson for the Hupacasath First Nation of Port Alberni, B.C. The Hupacasath are a small First Nation of 280 people. On January 18, 2013, the Hupacasath filed in the Federal Court of Canada their Notice of an Intention to apply for an injunction against the federal government to prevent them from ratifying the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA) with China. They have since filed the application. The basis of their application is that the government failed to honour its constitutionally mandated duty under section 35 of the Constitution Act to consult with First Nations peoples, the Métis and the Inuit when it negotiated ...the FIPPA with China. Several other organizations or Band Councils have also filed for Intervener status, which means they can file Affidavits in support of the Hupacasath. 

Here is what Brenda and I talked about:

    1. Brenda is the spokesperson for the Hupacasath regarding this application. She is very happy to hear of support for Hupacasath from Treaty 7 / Calgary people.

    2. The Band Council has retained a Vancouver law firm that specializes in Aboriginal Law, Underhill, Boies, Parker Law Corporation. Their address is: 440-355 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2G8. The lead counsel is Mark Underhill.

    3. There is a case management meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2013 involving the Hupacasath legal team, lawyers for the feds and a Federal Court judge. Among other things, they will be deciding on dates for hearing the application. As I’d said, there are several groups or First Nation band councils seeking Intervener status. The federal lawyers are objecting. This is to be expected. The judge however will undoubtedly rule that the other FN band councils do have the right to be heard on this application as FIPPA affects their rights too. The date of the hearing could be as early as late April.

    4. The legal costs are estimated to be $75,000, which is why it is imperative to start fund-raising now. The Council of Canadians is raising funds through its site. There’s also a page available through Causes. Finally, anyone wishing to donate by cheque can do so by making it payable to, Underhill, Boies, Parker Law Corporation in Trust.

    5. The cost of around $150 is the fee for filing the intervenor paperwork with the federal court. The cost to put together an affidavit is much more and would be based on the lawyer's hourly billable rate, which is much more than $150 an hour. Since the issue is the same for all First Nations, Metis and Inuit, which is the failure of the federal government to discuss in a meaningful way the parts of FIPPA that affect First Nations/Metis/Inuit rights (by extension, the rights of all Canadians), it would make sense for various band councils that wanted to get intervenor status to join together and split costs for a single application as opposed to everyone doing their own thing.

Written by Brian Seaman, Human Rights Lawyer



There are 1.6 million First Nation, Metis, and Inuit and if we all pull together and get intervenor status for FIPA China Deal and Omnibus Bills this increases are chances of winning in the courts.

If band council wish not to get involved, speak with the elders and get a petition going and as long as it is a majority, this will be good enough to get an intervener status. In the works: YouTube Video and tryin to get Brian on APTN. He is in the process of getting us a lawyer for our use nation-wide: cheaper and more organized. Then we know on our side how many FN groups are in support of this application.

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