According to Rabble.ca, The Council of Canadians offered its support during a groundbreaking Indigenous Peoples Meeting on Climate Change on January 24-26. The meeting took place on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta.
Members and leaders of nations from around the country were brought together, and filled a hotel conference room to share and hear stories, to learn from each other about climate change impacts and ways forward, and to contribute to the development of an Indigenous peoples climate change position paper and action plan.
Topics of the conference included climate change policy, community successes, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous food and energy security/sovereignty, and many other interrelated topics brought up through stories and presentations.
Clayton Thomas-Muller of 350.org spoke about the importance of Indigenous rights, which are “constitutionally and legally protected by over 200 legal precedents and many international treaties.”