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Site C hydroelectric project has more significant adverse environmental effects than any other under Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

By Karen Bakker      

The government should direct the Department of Justice to complete an analysis of whether the project infringes upon the treaty and aboriginal rights guaranteed by the Constitution Act, 1982

Silt is stirred up in the Peace Valley River as a result of preparatory construction for the Site C dam. The Site C approvals process was initiated by the previous government, writes Karen Bakker, but has not yet been completed. The decision now rests with the current federal government: permits remain to be issued, and new issues have arisen which merit close examination by the Department of Justice. Photograph courtesy of Garth Lenz

VANCOUVER—The Liberal convention took place in Winnipeg, which (as the convention website reads) was chosen in part because of its "rich history rooted in aboriginal culture," making the city an “obvious choice.” This echoes the federal government’s vision of reconciliation with First Nations and indigenous peoples, as evidenced by the government’s decision to sign on to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. However, are the government’s current actions living up to this vision? As an academic

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