Amnesty International has a new target for perceived human rights abuses and it’s the construction of the Site C dam in northern BC.
They’ve started a campaign to stop the construction of the $8.8B project on the grounds that it violates Canada’s commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
This is despite BC Hydro’s years of consultation and forming partnerships with First Nations contractors for construction. Remember, I visited the site back in March and Dave Conway explained to me the importance of striking deals with local First Nations.
So what could be the motivation here? Why are they opposing one of the two forms of reliable carbon free energy?
Their campaign made international news after being published by the Guardian and then I saw that AI is urging people from around the world to interfere with a project in Canada.
They aren’t even hiding that they think Canadians alone won’t speak up so they need to appeal to people outside our country who frankly shouldn’t be given the time of day regarding Site C.
What angers me most is that there are significant human rights abuses going on around the world and yet this is what Amnesty wants to focus on?
This is where you come in. If Amnesty International is going to call on people worldwide to interfere in the Site C dam project I want you to contact them and let them know foreign intervention in our energy projects is not acceptable.
Go to www.Amnesty.ca or call the BC-Yukon branch at (604) 294-5160, and ask them to redirect their resources to actual human rights atrocities around the world, not easy targets like the clean energy from Site C.
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