OTTAWA – Group & # 39; heads & # 39; First Nations is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to apologize for a comment "patronizing" and "sexist", and increase tensions on the position of & # 39; Ottawa on the controversial expansion of the pipeline Trans Mountain.
The request for an apology comes after Trudeau responded to questions from Judy Wilson, head of the Neskonlith Indian Band in & # 39; BC, during a meeting with & # 39; Assembly & # 39; First Nations Wednesday. Wilson said the support & # 39; Ottawa for pipeline expansion with jallinjax with the speech of the prime minister to the United Nations the last year, where ikkategorizza the past of Canada relationship & # 39 ; Indigenous people as one & # 39; "humiliation, neglect and abuse", and promised to introduce policies that will help First Nations to self-determination.
"When we are talking about the United Nations and you will go with self-determination and consent, because it was not that applied to the Trans Mountain pipeline running 513 kilometers in our territory?" Wilson asked.
In response, Trudeau said there are "many reasons" for people to support the Trans Mountain project, and that Canadians should "respect the people's choices to support or not support" such developments. "And I do not think we should be jikkritikawhom just because they disagree with you, Judy", he added.
The Union of Indian Chiefs asked of British Columbia accident to those comments in a statement on Wednesday evening, said that Trudeau was "patronizing and offensive, and threatening".
"Reply using her first name, was fully respected and has ignored the protocol," said the letter.
The UBCIC also said that Trudeau had used a "b & # 39; sexist homogeneous way" in discussions, because it rejected the comments & # 39; Wilson while he got the most sympathetic tone b & # 39; response to questions a & # 39; mussels head of the process & # 39; apparently flawed consultation for Trans Mountain pipeline.
In its response to Spahan Lee, head of the Coldwater Indian Band, Trudeau granted to Ottawa "has not done enough work" in its previous consultations on the project, said the statement UBCIC.
"No relationship is more important for our government than Indigenous peoples", said Matt Pascuzzo, press secretary in the prime minister's office, in & # 39; mail statement to the National Post. Pascuzzo said Ottawa "is involving 117 Indigenous Groups" on Trans Mountain, and said it "will take the time needed to go & # 39; ahead in the right way." He did not respond directly to a question about whether Trudeau had forgiven as required.
Tensions indicate a growing split between Ottawa and opponents of the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which worsened after Trudeau decided to buy the pipeline for $ 4.5 billion in & # 39; August. Construction on the expansion of & # 39; Trans Mountain has been delayed after the Federal Court of Appeal led Ottawa to repeat part of its consultations with First Nations before the project groups can & # 39; go & # 39; forward.
Trudeau and his cabinet ministers have remained vocal in their support for the expansion pipe, and asked to be able to support it and be a global leader on climate change. Meanwhile, the energy industry has become increasingly critical of the Liberal government between low discounts of & # 39; record for Canadian producers.
On Thursday morning, the UBCIC also asked Ottawa again & # 39; rotating its decision to support the Trans Mountain project. Environmental activists and some communities & # 39; First Nations suggested that the decision & # 39; Ottawa to establish deadlines for the second round of & # 39; consultations suggest that its position in the pipeline is preset.
"The real consensus is manipulated and is not encouraged because of the government deadline fast or interests biased", said Wilson in & # 39; a written statement on Thursday morning. "Canada is in & # 39; clear conflict as pipeline and requires buyers to meet their fiduciary duty to First Nations as the Crown."
Hearings & # 39; oral hearings for groups of First Nations as part of the process of the new process & # 39; Indigenous consultation of the National Energy Board on Trans Mountain began in the 20 & # 39; & # 39 in November, Calgary and concluded this week in & # 39; Nanaimo, B.C.