Vigil set to protest Kinder Morgan expansion
November 21, 2016. A vigil will be held Monday afternoon at the Alberta Legislature to protest the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. The Treaty 6 Vigil to Stop Kinder Morgan is a joint effort between Greenpeace and a grassroots group. The goal is to send the message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to respect Indigenous rights, keep climate change promises for renewable energies, and reject Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline system. The federal government is set to make a decision on Kinder Morgan on Dec. 19. The proposal would see the current pipeline twinned from Alberta to Kinder Morgan's facility in Burnaby, B.C., with three times as much crude oil moving every day.
Indigenous voices speak in Morocco climate change conference
November 21, 2016. On Friday, in Marrakech at the climate conference, Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, hosted a high-level panel highlighting the significant leadership and actions of Indigenous peoples to combat and adapt to climate change in Canada. Among those to share their perspectives were Blood Chief Charles Weasel Head; Elder Francois Paulette of the Dene Nation; Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Robert Bertrand, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples; Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. McKenna reaffirmed that Canada is committed to reconcile with Indigenous peoples and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.