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UCCMM REFUSES TO Stay SILENT
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
M’CHIGEENG, March 25, 2021 – The UCCMM First Nations refuse to stay silent in the fight against climate change. UCCMM recently intervened before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Reference re: Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act appeal, jointly with the Anishinabek Nation. The key issue in this case is whether the matters addressed in the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act are of sufficient national concern that they fall within federal jurisdiction.
The UCCMM intervened in this case because we do not accept any inaction from Ontario when it comes to our lands and waters. As stewards of the largest freshwater island in the world, we must ensure the courts take the Anishinabek perspective into account when determining if climate change is a matter of national concern. 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 our lands and waters. The quality and quantity of our natural resources, including our waters and medicines, continues 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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