Friday, December 14, 2007

Creeping Canadian colonialism

Politics and Poetry often writes to issues of Canadian nuclear policy and indigenous rights, and sometimes they overlap as in the polite protest at Sharbot Lake, but today her research makes some disturbing new connections between the two.
Remember back in September when Canada's Getting-Old-Really-Fast Government not only declined to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, but according to Maclean's, aggressively opposed it?
A bit of a puzzler at the time, garnering a ton of bad PR and apparently for little gain, as the declaration wasn't binding on Canadian law anyway.
In The Uranium-Backed War on Indigenous Peoples, Politics and Poetry provides new research that suggests the reason Canada didn’t sign that declaration is because Canadian companies intend to mine uranium on indigenous lands in Niger, Quebec, and New Mexico.


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