UN racism committee calls for halt to Trans Mountain Site C, LNG pipeline without First Nations approval
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Vancouver (B.C.), Jan 7 (Canadian-Media): Canada is urged by a United Nations racism committee to immediately suspend the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Site C dam and Coastal GasLink pipeline without approval from affected First Nations, media reports said.
Trans Mountain pipeline. Image credit: Twitter handle
In a written directive last month, the committee of 18 experts expressed its concern by the construction of the three projects without the free, prior and informed consent of impacted Indigenous groups and by law enforcement's forced removal, harassment and intimidation against Indigenous people.
Canada was recommended by the UN committee to establish a legal and institutional framework to obtain free, prior and informed consent, and freeze present and future approval of large-scale development projects that don’t meet that level of consent.
Members of the Wet’suwet’en have attempted to block construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline near Smithers, B.C, a part of the massive $40-billion LNG Canada project.
In a letter issued Tuesday by the hereditary chiefs with the First Nation demanded the company to vacate the premises that was being trespassed on their territory.
Being alarmed by the reported arrest and detainment of a Secwepemc demonstrator in October, the UN committee asked Canada to immediately halt the forced eviction of Secwepemc and Wet’suwet’en people and added that no force will be used against the two groups.
The RCMP and other security and police were also called by the UN Committee to withdraw from their traditional lands.