Curve Lake First Nation Chief addresses Selwyn council
by Simon Conolly
Phyllis Williams, Chief of the Curve Lake First Nation, appeared at the February 12 meeting of Selwyn Council to offer some background on the Idle No More movement.
Idle No More was born out of opposition to Bill C45, the federal omnibus bill which included the last budget.
It also included amendments to 60 pieces of legislation, including the Fisheries Act and the Indian Act.
On December 4, 2012, 2.5 million Canadian lakes and rivers were protected by federal legislation, she said. On December 5, following passage of C45, the number dropped to 82.
Bill C45 ignores First Nations’ constitutional right to consultation, she said.
“The movement belongs to anyone who wants to stand up for land, water, and ensuring future generations have a healthy environment to live in.”
A joint meeting of Curve Lake and Selwyn councils has been set for March 12 at the Marshland Centre in Lakefield.
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