Indigenous rights are entrenched in the Canadian Constitution under section 35, guaranteed within Treaty Agreements and upheld by UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The current proposal would obstruct these rights.
The Teck Frontier Mine Project would be located a mere 17km from the boundary of an Indigenous settlement, involve the destruction of 29,217 hectares of land, withdraw of massive quantities of water from the adjacent Athabasca River system, create an enormous contribution to GHG emissions; all while contributing contamination to the local eco-systems through toxic tailing run-off and VOC emissions.
The impacts of this project will contribute to the cumulative impacts and legacy of decades of Tar Sands extraction in the region that have eroded Indigenous communities the ability to access traditional foods systems, led to a degradation of human and cultural health and a loss of safe movement through the region.
Canada has committed to address the impacts of colonization on Indigenous Peoples when it comes to residential schools or murdered and missing women, girls and two-spirit people through a model of Truth and Reconciliation. Indigenous rights are recognized in Section 35 of the Canadian constitution, numerous treaty agreements and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Yet, the Canadian government continues to push forward extractive projects that further dispossess Indigenous communities from lands, waters, and stable ecosystems critical to our cultures.