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Published on Feb 19, 2015
I stand in the House to also share a perspective as the aboriginal affairs critic for the NDP in speaking out for the potentially harmful and even devastating impact this piece of legislation would have on indigenous activists and communities. Bill C-51 seeks to criminalize dissent. As we know, indigenous peoples, first nations, Métis, Inuit, indigenous peoples in general, have often been at the forefront of fighting for what is important to them and in many ways, what is important to all of us. These activists, these leaders, these members of their communities, are not terrorists and they do not pose a danger to the lives of anyone. These individuals have taken it upon themselves to stand in protection of their inherent land rights, the welfare of their people and the environmental integrity of this planet. These are the indigenous activists who work across this country seeking justice, and they are all deeply concerned by the threat posed by Bill C-51.