Idle No More Vancouver Island

Idle No More Vancouver Island
Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

Location

BC Legislative Building Victoria, BC
Canada
48° 25' 42.3156" N, 123° 21' 56.3184" W

WE NEED HELP IN THE GAINING ENDBRIDGE PIPELINE OPPOSITION AND THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND THIS RALLY - PLEASE INVITE AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN

We aren't the only ones facing things like Bill C45 and FIPA. Oil interests are using Bi-lateral Investment Treaties such as FIPA to legally sue anyone who protests damaging tar sands developments around the world.

It's called investor arbitration, and Osgood Law Professor Gus Van Harten let me know that this is what we are facing and that we aren't the only ones:

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/921581/madagascar_fears_repeat_of_canadas_tar_sands_devastation.html

http://corporateeurope.org/publications/profiting-from-injustice

Pressuring Harper won't work.

Oil is a hot commodity, and is set to rise as oil reserves run out in 2030. So through investor arbitration, lawyers are making millions on enabling the destruction of the environment and suing all those who oppose it.

This is why we'll never get a meeting - Doing so on Nation to Nation terms would require him to acknowledge our sovereignty, which would get in the way of powerful oil interests because of our Treaties.

Our Treaty right to consultation on land developments would stop these foreign interests that Canada has allowed into our country.

Ontario Chiefs sent a letter requesting a meeting with Harper Nov 5, 2012. They were denied. Now the deeper meaning behind Chief Spence's recent actions becomes apparent.

If we understand this, and fight the REAL cause of Bill C45, we can set a new precedent, we may just be able to inspire resistances in other countries before we allow them to destroy the planet.