Supreme Court ruling a victory for Indigenous rights and Arctic protection

Press release - July 26, 2017
26 July 2017 (OTTAWA) — In response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Inuit rights case: Hamlet of Clyde River et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. (PGS) et. al, Greenpeace Canada Arctic campaigner, Farrah Khan said:

26 July 2017 (OTTAWA) — In response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Inuit rights case: Hamlet of Clyde River et al. v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. (PGS) et. al, Greenpeace Canada Arctic campaigner, Farrah Khan said:

“Today, we send our gratitude to the Clyde River Hamlet, Hunters and Trappers Organization, and former Mayor Jerry Natanine who have fought tirelessly for the last three years to uphold their rights and fight for Arctic protection.

Clyde River has been waiting in uncomfortable anticipation as their food sovereignty and entire way of life has hung in the balance. This has truly been a life or death case for Clyde River. This ruling provides hope for Indigenous communities to assert their sovereignty and rights over energy resource projects on their lands and in their waters.

Communities across Baffin Island can now rest assured that this seismic project  will not blast through their waters, threaten their sustainable food sources, and ignore their human rights. But the impacts of this ruling extend far beyond this one region and will result in the protection of marine animals — including beluga, narwhal and bowhead whale populations — and safeguarding our climate from the unnecessary exploitation of Arctic oil reserves.”

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