UN committee says B.C.’s Site C dam may break international deals

Says Site C would infringe Indigenous Peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination


Completed powerhouse foundation, a massive concrete structure on the south bank. B.C. HYDRO

The UN’s committee on the elimination of racial discrimination says Canada may have already violated an agreement it signed 50 years ago. That agreement commits Canada to prevent development on Indigenous land without adequate consultation.

Canada has also promised to block destructive development, allow Indigenous people to conduct their own impact studies and stop forcing First Nations to go to court.

“The committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam,” reads a Dec. 14 letter addressed to Rosemary McCarney, Canada’s ambassador to the UN. MORE