Crickets on Conservation and Climate in Jean Charest’s Indigenous Policy Plan

Hopeful Conservative Leadership by Jean Charest indigenous politics published this week includes policies similar to those of the Liberals, including a Indigenous-led housing plan Y expansion of the acquisition strategy for indigenous companies.

Charest also promises safe and clean drinking water in all First Nations communities within four years.

In 2015, the Liberals promised safe drinking water by March 2021, but missed that deadline. It is now estimated that the federal government will not be able to remove all drinking water advisories in First Nations until 2023-24, and it could take until 2025-26 to stabilize drinking water supplies in affected nations.

And the next federal election is not expected until October 2025.

But within Charest’s list of policies, there is no mention of environmental and climate protections or indigenous protected conservation areas (IPCAs).

And it lacks any endorsement of the environmental and climate commitments called for in the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 2021 federal priorities document titled The path of healing forward.

In the document, the AFN urges:

  • A 60 percent reduction in emissions from 2010 levels by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Support for the constitution of IPCAs and Indigenous Guardians.

  • I support the right of First Nations to develop and implement their own environmental regulations for their traditional territories and resources.

  • First Nations partnerships in Canada’s climate plan, including a fair share of revenue generated from pricing greenhouse gas pollution.

  • Implementation of indigenous water rights in their territories.

The path of healing forward it means addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and their structural drivers to rebalance the relationship with all of creation. As record heat waves and wildfires ravage Canada, it’s clear. There is no more pressing issue for all of humanity,” the document says.

Instead, Charest environment policy promoted on its website promises the creation and financing of a Federal Corporation for Indigenous Opportunities, based on the alberta modelthat would allow indigenous groups to invest and participate in resource projects.

It also lacks recognition of the environmental and climate commitments called for in the Assembly of First Nations’ 2021 federal priorities document titled The Healing Path Forward. #CPC #IndigenousPolicy #JeanCharest

Charest also promises to spend a Critical Infrastructure Protection Law which will criminalize blockades, raids and interference with national infrastructure, such as oil pipelines, mines, railways, ports and energy and refining facilities.

Pierre Poilievre, the favorite in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, has not yet published a list of indigenous-focused policies. However, Poilievre has said would repeal Bills C-69 and C-48.

Bill C-69 strengthened environmental assessments and indigenous consultations, while Bill C-48 banned large tankers from British Columbia’s north coast, a move popular with many First Nations in the area. .

Charest’s environmental policy also includes the repeal of these bills.

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