We know the road to reconciliation is through changed relationships. This requires action, not empty words. It requires recognition and implementation of our rights. It requires respect for us as Indigenous peoples.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) is an affirmation of our rights. It acknowledges our right to economic development. It also calls for recognition and implementation of our traditional knowledge and wisdom.
These commitments are a pivotal opportunity for Canada to rebuild it’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. This is what Project Reconciliation is about.
As owners, we don’t stand on the sidelines
It is anticipated twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline will proceed. If it proceeds, we need to decide if we want to be a collective voice as equal partners, decision-makers and influencers. If it proceeds, we want to ensure prosperity from this pipeline flows to our people, our Councils, and our communities – not only to corporations and governments. If it proceeds, we want our environmental traditional knowledge and oversight to reduce the risks.
Revenue from the project can be used to break our People’s systemic cycle of oppression, disenfranchisement and poverty. We deserve to prosper from what is rightfully ours.