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Senate amendments, ‘toothless’ regulations undercut Bill C-69

Canada’s backroom environmental assessment deal disrespects treaty rights, threatens natural heritage and risks Canadians’ health.

Last month, federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, right, assured new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that the federal government made a deal with Alberta’s former premier that federal regulations for Bill C-69, the new environmental impact assessment legislation, would exempt in situ projects if Alberta maintains its GHG emissions cap. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

This June marks the 120th anniversary of Treaty 8, which, according to our tradition, is solemnized by the Creator to bind both parties in a promise between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians that is supposed to last “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the river flows.” However, the latest legislative brinksmanship unfolding in Ottawa and Edmonton has given us cause to reflect on Canada’s commitment to that promise.

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