Settler Responsibility

Settler Responsibility

On Maintaining Good Relations with First Nations that may be affected by The Proposed Energy East Pipeline Project
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August 11, 2014

With a new battle emerging over yet another controversial tarsands project–Transcanada’s proposed conversion and expansion of the Energy East pipeline–we here at IC Magazine would like to note the importance of non-indigenous activists, networks and organizations allying themselves with any First Nations that may be affected by the project.

As primary stakeholders whose rights and cultures are inextricably linked to the land, First Nations must play a central role in any organizing and gathering that takes place throughout the effort to stop the project.

All non-indigenous actors, whether paid or volunteer, can engage in a process of consultation with the indigenous stakeholders. This is to avoid the actions of the former having a negative impact on the rights of the latter. Non-indigenous actors can take this even further by obtaining the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of their indigenous neighbors.

At IC Magazine we believe non-indigenous peoples have a moral imperative to adopt such principles. Gone are the days we can afford to do whatever we want, however we want, whenever we want, with little regard for cause or consequence.

The operative word here is righteousness: leading by example, inspite of companies like Transcanada that go to extraordinary lengths to avoid their own obligations Now is the time to step up, to do the necessary work for all the generations ahead. There are no exceptions.

Case in point: Many non-indigenous activists and organizations working to stop the Energy East expansion can’t even name one first nation that may be affected by it. There are fifty two*


Piapot First Nation

Muskowpetung First Nation

Pasqua First Nation #79

Carry the Kettle First Nation

Sakimay First Nations

Cowessess First Nation

Kahkewistahaw First Nation

Ochapowace First Nation

Ocean Man First Nation

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation

White Bear First Nations


Birdtail Sioux First Nation

Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation

Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation

Dakota Plains First Nation

Long Plain First Nation

Dakoto Tipi First Nation


Shoal Lake #40 First Nation

Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation

Obashkaandagaang First Nation

Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation

Eagle Lake First Nation

Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation

Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation

Fort William First Nation

Red Rock Indian Band

Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation

Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation

Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation

Long Lake No.58 First Nation

Ginoogaming First Nation

Constance Lake First Nation

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Wahgoshig First Nation

Matachewan First Nation

Temagami First Nation

Nipissing First Nation

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation


Timiskaming First Nation

Mohawks of Akwesasne First Nation

Mohawks of Kanesatake First Nation

Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke First Nation

Première Nation Odanak

Première Nation des Abénakis de Wôlinak

Nation Huronne Wendat

Première Nation Malecite de Viger

New Brunswick

Madawaska Maliseet First Nation

Tobique First Nation

Kingsclear First Nation

Saint Mary’s First Nation

Oromocto First Nation

*List Courtesy of the Council of Canadians

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