by Dr. Lynn Gehl
Contrary to what the television commercials and the nuclear industry would like us to believe the nuclear fuel cycle is far from safe and green. The process of mining, milling, and building nuclear power plants requires huge amounts of energy obtained from fossil fuels. Thus, this process alone produces carbon dioxide emissions and is not green.
The nuclear fuel cycle is harmful in other ways...READ FULL STORY
Since roughly October of 2012 (and following massive funding cuts to First Nations political organizations who could be a potential defense against unjust impositions of Bills in the near future), a number of very specific Bills and Acts have made their way into the House of Commons. As positively worded as they are titled and presented to the public, each (working together much like a jigsaw puzzle) functions as a legal form of the 1969 White Paper which sought to extinguish treaty rights, abolish sovereign reserve lands, extinguish First Nation sovereignty, and repeal the Indian Act with nothing in place protective of First Nation lands). However, unlike the 1969 White Paper which was a policy proposal, these are in law form.
In the past few months, Canada’s Conservative government has been working hard to promote these Bills in a positive light to the public, as well as to rush to present poor excuses of consultations (without presenting the facts in terms of implications and effects of each and collectively).
With domestic and foreign investors seeking resource wealth from the lands of Canada, First Nation sovereignty presents a massive hurdle for Canada to exploit such resources. This is precisely why the motivation exists to dismantle First Nation legal connection to treaties, sovereignty, and protected reserve lands, as it opens up lands and resources to investors.
Due to the outcome, it is not only indigenous and First Nation who will suffer the consequences of extinguished treaty rights, abolished sovereign reserve lands, extinguished First Nation sovereignty, and damaging repeals, both indigenous/First Nation people and Canadians will all share the brunt of environmental degradation.
By means of an insider informant, we have been informed that those in Ottawa hope that grassroots voices will only focus on (and only will hear/speak about) C-45 -ONLY- which has been happening for months, as opposed to emphasizing Bill S-6, The First Nation Education Act, Bill S-2, Bill S-212, Bill C-428, Bill S-8, and Bill C-27 just as often as we speak about C-45. Ottawa hops that grassroots voices are only focusing on (and only hearing about) the Environment, as opposed to emphasizing Treaty Rights, Nationhood, and Sovereignty just as often as we speak about The Environment (even though these three elements actively protect the lands and environment we share).
Even if 45 is repealed, but the other 8 are allowed to pass (because we forget to inform the public with the same level of attention) or if the environmental-impacts are successfully challenged but sovereignty and treaty rights are dismantled (because we forget the same level of attention, as well), matters similar to what is repealed in C-45 can be re-visited later in something similar because massive protections held in place due to treaty rights and sovereignty are dismantled and will no longer a hurdle. Even if C-45 is repealed, the "Indian Problem" (invoked by John A. Macdonald and Duncan Campbell Scott and the spirit of the 1969 White Paper present in these Bills) begins to be 'solved', Ottawa’s hurdle, if the others are allowed pass.
To ensure that the public attention is increased about the whole matter, we must commit (and ask others to commit) to; when any time C-45 is mentioned by regional organizers, teachers, writers, or media, the other 8 pieces of the jigsaw puzzle (S-6, The First Nation Education Act, S-2, S-212, C-428, S-8, and C-27) should always be included alongside it and just as often. Any time the environment is mentioned, a similar commitment to ensure sovereignty, Nationhood, and treaty rights (that actively invokes protection to the lands and environment we share) is ensured to be included in that same point on the same level and just as frequently.
It goes far beyond support choices or speaking up; it’s an informed choice and speaking up in a fully informed voice and many are not fully informed - at our peril.
Whether its writers, speakers, or media – we must ensure the full scope (8 Legislations, not 1) and the full score of targets (sovereignty/nationhood, treaty rights, and environment) are passed on to them and that they are fully informed.
There is a downloadable PDF breakdown of the Legislations at the bottom of a webpage; Google "Netnewsledger Teach In at Spirit Garden for Idle No More in Thunder Bay" and scroll to the bottom. Download the Red and White PDF.
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