In January, 2013, the Hupacasath First Nation of B.C. filed a challenge in court to stop the ratification of FIPA (Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement) until the government has fulfilled its obligation to consult with First Nations about the impacts the treaty will have on their rights and their lands.
The Council of Canadians believes that no investment treaty since NAFTA poses a greater threat to the environment, public health, First Nations and basic notions of democracy.
If the FIPA is ratified, China-based corporations will be able to directly challenge local, provincial and federal policies that interfere with their “right” to make a profit from energy, mining or other controversial projects.
The Council has undertaken to help raise public donations to pay for legal costs and will match all donations in their effort to raise at least $10,000 before the court challenge moves ahead.
At our recent AGM, donations were collected to support this important court challenge.
If you are interested in donating, please visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/5RWS1.
Editor’s note: Kathie Woodley represents the Comox Valley Chapter of the Council of Canadians.