Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN British Columbia Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould continue to call on governments to fulfill their duty to consult and accommodate First Nations and work to facilitate meaningful partnerships prior to any developments in First Nation traditional territories.
“First Nations must be directly engaged and involved in any discussions and activities regarding economic development in their traditional territories,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “This is consistent with the duty to consult and accommodate First Nations, as mandated by the Supreme Court of Canada and is consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which was recently endorsed by Canada.”
National Chief Atleo and Regional Chief Wilson-Raybould’s comments support the more than 60 BC First Nation communities that have united against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will impact their traditional territories and Aboriginal and Treaty rights. The proposed pipeline will deliver oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the west coast port of Kitimat, BC, crossing through a number of First Nation communities that would be impacted by potential oil spills and tanker traffic.