Why construction of B.C.’s Site C dam should be scrapped

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A rendering of the Site C dam on the Peace River in B.C. A report from Amnesty International says the project infringes on the human rights of indigenous people.

WARREN BELL and AMY LUBIK Special to The Globe and Mail

This $9-billion mega-project will displace First Nations who have lived in the Peace River Valley for thousands of years. A joint federal-provincial environmental impact assessment concluded it would “severely undermine use of the land, make fishing unsafe for at least a generation, and submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites.” Amnesty International currently has a petition online signed by 65,000 Canadians asking for a halt to Site C because it is grossly unfair to Canada’s First Nations.

Further, continuing with this project would bring international embarrassment by decimating Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park, named to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1983 because of its natural majesty and significance for endangered species.

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