The Site C dam under construction in northern British Columbia is a completely unnecessary project that will overload the B.C. power grid, killing demand for less ecologically destructive and more socially just energy projects proposed by First Nations. Yet the B.C. government is going ahead anyway, despite the enormous significance of the Peace River valley, where the project is located, for Indigenous peoples' subsistence, culture, and way of life. West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson has described this as the cultural genocide of his people. This is a crime, and the federal Liberal government is partly to blame for issuing permits in 2016 allowing British Columbia to proceed. The irreversible obliteration of the Peace River valley, and with it a people's culture, history, and sacred places, is imminent. The First Nations were denied an injunction by the B.C. Supreme Court, which decided that B.C. Hydro's millions were more important than the survival of a people where they have lived for thousands of years. Time is now running out. B.C. Hydro indicated that in November, according to a report in The Narwhal, “13 areas of cultural importance for the Dunne-Za nations—including prime moose habitat, a rare old-growth white spruce and trembling aspen forest and two wetlands called Sucker Lake and Trappers Lake—will be clear-cut and bulldozed.” Once this place is destroyed, it will be impossible to bring back, even if the First Nations do ultimately win their Treaty 8 rights case. The damage will have been done. In 2017, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged the government to “Immediately suspend all permits and approvals for the construction of the Site C dam. Conduct a full review in collaboration with Indigenous peoples of the violations of the right to free, prior, and informed consent, of treaty obligations and international human rights law from the building of this dam and identify alternatives to irreversible destruction of Indigenous lands and subsistence, which will be caused by this project.” Both the British Columbia and federal governments have ignored this call. From Site C, to Muskrat Falls in Labrador, to Grassy Narrows in Ontario, and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C., Canada has repeatedly shown contempt for the inherent rights and title and the basic human rights of Indigenous peoples. This is Canada's national shame. I urge the federal government to do everything in its power to immediately order at least a temporary halt to the dam construction and destruction of the Peace River valley, and in the long term ensure that the project is not allowed to proceed without the full free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) of local Indigenous peoples. FPIC is an international standard, and upholding this human rights standard will make Canada a better place for everyone. Andrew Paul Toronto, Ont.