First Nations have long protected land
Re: O dysfunctional Canada, Opinion, Feb. 2
I was surprised to read this combination of hyperbole, red herrings and outright falsehoods. It is understandable that Albertans are concerned about their economic future, but a piece like this merely stokes division.As a settler who supports reconciliation and a respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples, I was especially dismayed at the author’s characterization of Indigenous land defenders as stooges of wealthy U.S. foundations, which is both insulting and false. Indigenous peoples are upholding sacred responsibilities and governance systems that existed long before Canada, and which have never gone away. First Nations rights are enshrined in international frameworks such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as Canada’s Constitution and treaty promises.Honouring these promises and acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ shared jurisdiction on their territories will create a better Alberta and a better Canada for everyone.Andrew Paul, Calgary
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