Prime Minister Trudeau and Premiers meet with Indigenous leaders to discuss climate change

March 2, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia


The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and provincial and territorial Premiers met today with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation leaders on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people to discuss how they can work together, in the spirit of the renewed relationship, to address climate change and promote clean growth.

Across the country, communities are facing new challenges as a result of climate change. During the meeting, Indigenous leaders outlined a path forward for partnering to stimulate clean, sustainable economic growth – while also ensuring our land, air, and water are protected for future generations.

The knowledge and ideas shared by Indigenous leaders will inform the Prime Minister and the Premiers as they meet tomorrow to discuss the development of a pan-Canadian framework to address climate change and create clean growth. They discussed effective ways for Canada to adapt to new challenges, reduce emissions, and capitalize on the opportunities presented by a low-carbon economy to create jobs.

The Prime Minister looks forward to collaborative work with Indigenous leaders and Premiers on clean growth and climate change.


“Climate change is the greatest collective challenge we face as a nation. Today’s meeting affirmed that our leaders, from coast to coast to coast, we will stand together in their passion and commitment to tackling climate change and growing the economy. We will work collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across the country to ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for Canada.”

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada 

First nations calls for National Blockade in Protest of Bill C-45

Bill C-45 means all Agreed Treaties with First Nations will be Erased!

By André Faust

Harper’s Omnibus Budget Bill has ominous implications for Canada’s First Nations, under the dreaded embedded bill C-45 goes far beyond redistribution of reserve land.  The total inhalation of agreed treaties between First Nations and the Federal Government will be accomplished though this bill and in addition funding for education will be lost and the protection of Canada’s water resources.

The Federal Government has acted unilaterally without any consultations with the aboriginal people of Canada on matters that will affect them.  The demonstration at the New Brunswick Legislature was an attempt to have support of the provincial government against Harper’s Bill C-45.

Eradicating the terms of previous agreed treaty sets a dangerous precedent to what Harper has in store for the rest of Canada. First Nations have articulated that they want a peace full solution; however the resistance that they are receiving from both the provincial and federal government forces them to up scale the protests nationally by setting up blockades.  Woodstock is already in the planning stage for the implementation of blockades other reserves as expected to follow.

Sergeant-at-Arms Dan Bussières Threatens to Arrest aboriginals Should they remain at New Brunswick Legislature

By André Faust

Aboriginasl from the around the Maritimes battle aversive winter weather to ask the Provincial Government of New Brunswick to Oppose bill C-45 which is a sub set of Harper’s Omnibus Budget bill.  Under Bill C-45 The Indian Act is amended which when implement will allow for a redistribution of native reserve lands. The changes to the Indian Act were done without consultation with the First nation’s people.  Bill C-45 removes the existing environmental protection for rivers, lakes and water ways.

“It would have been a really bad Christmas,  had we’ve been arrested.”

Sergeant-at-arms-Dan Bussières
Sergeant-at-arms-Dan Bussières

Responding on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick Sergeant-of-Arms Dan  Bussières, warned the  spoke persons that if they did not leave the interior of the Legislation building the would be arrested and Jailed for their concern over the consequences of Bill C-14 on native rights.  After consultation with Native Elders it was decided that the delegation would leave the building rather than face incarceration.

It was the intention of the demonstrators to follow all house procedures, not pass leaflets posters, or  to bring drums or pens into the legislature, Bussières refused to believe their intention and denied entry to the gallery and threating them if they did not comply they would be arrested and Jailed.  As one spokesperson said “It would have been a really bad Christmas” had we’ve been arrested.   Bussières conduct was seen by some as outright and total disrespect for the first nation.