Ottawa on collision course with Indigenous peoples

East End Against Line 9

This article by Carol Linnitt was first published in the National Observer under the title: After Canada fought for Indigenous rights in the Paris Agrremtn what will it do at home?

“If you were to get lost in the bush, I could find you.”

It’s an oddly placed sentiment in the city heat of Marrakech, Morocco, yet an entirely appropriate one for an indigenous panel at the UN climate talks hosted by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.

marrakech-cop-22-nov-2016 Marrakech CO22 UN Climate Change Conference 2016

François Paulette, revered Canadian Indigenous leader and elder from the Dene Nation, told an international crowd of delegates, campaigners and press that back in Canada, his place is in the wild.

It is there Paulette learned from his elders the meaning of sin: “The biggest sin a man can make is to abuse the earth.”

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