To:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) of Carleton University stand in solidarity with Canadian First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and support the Idle No More campaign, a grassroots movement developed in response to Omnibus Bill C-45. Further, we fully support the movement’s peaceful efforts to protect our environment and waterways while advocating for the Rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

The graduate students of Carleton University oppose Bill C-45 which dilutes Canadian environmental protection laws and alter sections of the Indian Act, thereby eroding constitutionally recognized Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of Canada’s Indigenous Nations without consultation or consent. Bill C-45 specifically affects Indigenous sovereignty and inherent rights to the land, and therefore must receive due consideration, consultation and consent from the First Nations leaders and communities in which it directly impacts.

As members of the Carleton University community we recognize that our place of study and employment exists on unceded Algonquin territory and as graduate students we concern ourselves with matters of equitable rights, political due diligence, and environmental preservation. The GSA implores the Canadian Government to reopen for discussion the issues contained in Bill C-45 including all encompassed bills so there can be a proper debate as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is imperative that all people of Canada be informed of the impact this government’s legislative agenda will have on our environment as these legislative changes will forever alter our relationship with the land and water, the honour of the Crown, and our relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.

In Solidarity,
Chloe Grace Fogarty-Bourget
Vice President Operations, Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association
Canadian Federation of Students, Local 78