News Release. February 20, 2013
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. – February 20, 2013) On January 18, 2013, legal counsel for the Hupacasath First Nation, filed a Notice of Application with the Federal Court of Canada regarding the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA). Supporting affidavits for the application were submitted on February 15, 2013.
Brenda Sayers, Councilor of the Hupacasath First Nation stated “First Nations were not consulted on the Canada China FIPPA. As First Nations with our Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights, it is our duty to intervene for the sake of our children's futures. Our firm belief, if ratified, FIPPA will immediately affect our Title and Rights by limiting our ability to exercise Hupacasath jurisdiction in land use planning and regulation of our territory as well as our ability to fairly negotiate in the British Columbia Treaty Process.”
The Hupacasath First Nation is supported with affidavits from Serpent River First Nation and the Tsawwassen First Nation along with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Chiefs of Ontario.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC, said “On November 29th, 2012 the Chiefs Council of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed by consensus, Resolution 2012-59 which expresses our shared belief it is necessary to conduct a thorough legal review of FIPPA and its impact on First Nations. Without such a review, it is difficult for many First Nations to demonstrate the specific ways in which their own Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty rights may be affected by an arrangement as complex and long lasting as FIPPA. To ratify the without consultation would adversely impact our rights and territories and would require us to take legal action. It is why the UBCIC fully supports the Hupacasath call for a judicial review.”
The following representatives spoke at this morning's press conference in Vancouver:
• She-men-t-soat (Amanda Nahanee), Squamish Nation
• Carleen Thomas, Councilor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
• Brenda Sayers, Councilor, Hupacasath First Nation
• Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
• Susan Lambert, President, BC Teachers Federation
• Irene Lanzinger, Secretary Treasurer, BC Federation of Labour
• Susan Spratt, BC Area Director, Canadian Auto Workers
• Karen Cooling, National Representative, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union
• Harjap Grewal, Pacific Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians
• Jamie Biggar, Executive Director, LeadNow.ca
• Ben West, Tar Sands Campaign Director, ForestEthics
For further information contact:
Brenda Sayers, Councillor, Hupacasath First Nation: (250) 724-4041
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (604) 684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.