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Canada’s support for Line 5 violates its human rights obligations: Anishinabek Nation – York Region News

May 3, 2023

‘Line 5 carries some of the dirtiest crude oil through the largest surface freshwater system on the planet’

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) has recommended that Canada and the United States decommission the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline.

In the final report of its annual session, issued last week, the UNPFII recognized that Line 5 “jeopardize(s]) the Great Lakes” and “presents a real and credible threat to the treaty-protected fishing rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada.” It called on Canada to re-examine its support for the pipeline, and for the pipeline to be shut down.

“The Anishinabek are the people of the Great Lakes and never before has there been such a unified call for action for both the United States and Canada to abandon failing fossil fuel infrastructure to protect our land and water,” said Bay Mills Indian Community Ogimaakwe (president) Whitney Gravelle.

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