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Dale Swampy: Ottawa’s climate policy will prolong Indigenous poverty – Financial Post

Jan 17, 2023

Many will be unable to pay the high cost of utilities and energy that will follow from the plan

Canada’s latest Environment and Climate Change report to the United Nations, submitted at the end of December, fails Canada’s Indigenous people yet again, consigning us to poverty, wiping out our path to prosperity and blocking our ability to bring traditional knowledge and wisdom to bear on protecting the land. This is only the most recent instance in a long line of failures dating back hundreds of years. Proper consultation with Indigenous people before the report’s submission might have prevented that.

In the press release accompanying the report, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault wrote: “Canada’s commitment to reduce emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 remains not only within reach, but realistic. With the addition of measures that are not currently modelled in this report — including the cap on emissions from the oil and gas sector, and further climate programs — Canada is well positioned to reach our emissions reductions goals. This is the time to double down on climate action — to build a strong economy, create jobs, and ensure a bright future for generations to come.”

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