"Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People's Republic of China for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments"
That is the official title of this monstrosity of a "trade deal". It is far, far more. Years in the making, it appears only China was at the negotiating table. Canada has entered many supposed reciprocal deals, but none like this. "International Law" will be the prevailing standard in this agreement. Which means Provincial, Territorial and Civic levels of Government are irrelevant. Which means Aboriginal Treaties and Agreements are irrelevant. And this is a deal that Emperor insists is good for Canada.
No group has been more determined, more dogged or more exemplary in speaking against this disaster than Hupacasath First Nation. With nearly 300 members and 5 reserves around Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, they are embroiled in a Federal Court case that was expecting decision very soon. Their defense is failure to consult under Section 35 of the Constitution. By enacting FIPA, Emperor has shown complete disregard for the Justice system, for Canada's First Nations, and for Canada itself.
Brenda Sayers, Hupacasath's portfolio holder for the Canada/China FIPA, lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. As the Finacial Administrator of an independent school teaching Nuu-chah-nulth language, song and dance to First Nations children, Brenda has a deep respect for First Nations education.
Once alerted to the Canada/China FIPA, Brenda was astounded our Federal Government would enter into such a dangerous agreement. She noted how Premiers of every Province, empowered to challenge FIPA, were not coming forward. Once Brenda learned First Nations rights and title could be impacted by FIPA, she approached her Chief and Council to examine the risks and later to begin a major court and public awareness battle.
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