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UCCMM STANDS UP FOR FIRST NATION SELF-GOVERNANCE RIGHTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
M’CHIGEENG, September 24, 2020 – UCCMM is proud to stand up for our lands and waters before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Reference re: Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act appeal as an Intervener, jointly with the Anishinabek Nation. The key issue in this case is whether or not the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional and within the federal government’s jurisdiction.
The UCCMM intervened in this case because climate change disproportionately affects First Nation communities, our traditional way of life, and our ability to assert and exercise jurisdiction in relation to environmental issues that directly impact their lands and their people. As stewards of the largest freshwater island in the world, we are ensuring that the courts take into account the Anishinabek perspective when determining if climate change is a matter of national concern. As the quality and quantity of our natural resources and medicines continue to diminish with the effects of climate change, it is vital that our voices be heard and our rights be respected.
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Chief Patsy Corbiere
UCCMM Tribal Chair
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