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article imagePictorial Display of First Nations Protest Against FIPPA Special

By Gibril Koroma     Jun 6, 2013 in Environment
Vancouver - On June 5, 2013, some First Nations citizens held a public meeting or rally in downtown Vancouver to protest against the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA) signed by the federal government and the government of China.
According to a leaflet distributed at the rally, the First Nations are protesting against FIPPA because of the following:
1. The federal government failed to consult with First Nations, which breaches Aboriginal title and treaty rights enshrined in the Canadian constitution, section 35.
2. If ratified, FIPPA may allow the development of tar sands pipelines through First Nations' traditional and sacred territories by Chinese state-owned companies.
3. This FIPPA is being made with a foreign country on un-ceded lands where treaties have not been settled with First Nations.
4. Environment standards gutted by Bills C-38 and C-45 may never be restored due to provisions in the FIPPA which impede First Nations' rights to protect resources for future generations.
5. FIPPA was (allegedly) negotiated in secret by the Conservative federal government and "would handcuff Canada for 31 years."
For more information about FIPPA, visit: The Council of Canadians
Here are some photos I took at the rally:
Anti-fippa rally  Vancouver
Anti-fippa rally, Vancouver
Anti-FIPPA rally in Vancouver Wednesday.
Anti-FIPPA rally in Vancouver Wednesday.
First Nations rally against FIPPA in Vancouver  Wednesday.
First Nations rally against FIPPA in Vancouver, Wednesday.
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