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Frac-sand plan demands informed consent – Winnipeg Free Press

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 201976 Views

Offer money to leaders in a cash-poor community to gain support for a resource-extraction project. Publicly shun and disenfranchise individuals who don’t agree. Get people to sign their support without full information. Divide the community. Commence destructive preparation of the project site before proper decision-making processes are complete. Situate this project on traditional Indigenous territory.

Much of Canada’s historic wealth was built on these kinds of practices. Sadly, in this so-called era of reconciliation, they continue. And not far from where many of us live in Winnipeg.

This scenario was described by Hollow Water First Nation (HWFN) members Lisa Raven, Reg Simard and Drey Smith at a recent event about Canadian Premium Sand’s proposed frac-sand development near Hollow Water First Nation, on Treaty 5 territory east of Lake Winnipeg. They all care deeply about their community and the land, and they are expressing serious concerns.

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