A U.N. special rapporteur (a fancy word for reporter) today blasted Canada for, among other things failure to consult around pipeline development, “which is contributing to an atmosphere of contentiousness and mistrust that is conducive neither to beneficial economic development nor social peace.” He continues, “resource extraction should not occur on lands subject to aboriginal claims without adequate consultations with, and the free, prior and informed consent of, the indigenous peoples concerned.” Game over? Naw.
Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.