Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:
I request that you act immediately act to reverse all federal permitting which allows work on the Site C Dam in British Columbia to go forward, or at the very least put into place a moratorium on construction until legal actions by local First Nations have been fully resolved in the courts.
In support of this, I cite the facts in the excellent article below as presented by the chiefs of the two First Nations which will be irreparably damaged by Site C.
This dam is not coming from a place of necessity, but from a place of political grandiosity and greed on the part of the British Columbia government. There is clearly no justification for ignoring the treaty rights of local First Nations, nor for the rape of the earth that is about to occur. It is high time for the abusers to learn that "no means no."
I am a non-Native rancher in the B.C. southern interior and it is my belief that Site C is a clear statement from the provincial and federal government that the centuries-old racist colonial power structure is firmly entrenched, and willing and able to recklessly continue abusive exploitation at the point of a gun as it might wish.
I predict Site C will go down in history as a shining symbol of hypocrisy about "truth and reconciliation" in Canada for all the world to see, and that it will be harmful to all Canadians, Native and non-Native alike.
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