Indigenous right activist Pam Palmater and Toronto Police inspector Steve Irwin appear before the House public safety committee, which is currently reviewing the government’s proposed anti-terror legislation. (CBC)
Bill ‘less about Jihadists under every bed… more about increasing the output of tarsands’: Stewart Phillip
By Kady O’Malley, CBC News, March 24, 2015
First Nations activists may find themselves targets of the Conservatives’ proposed anti-terror law, which could “criminalize [their] private thoughts,” Mi’kmaq lawyer Pam Palmater warned the House public safety committee on Tuesday.
She called on the government to withdraw its proposed anti-terror legislation entirely.
Palmater, who currently holds a chair in indigenous governance at Ryerson University, began her testimony by acknowledging that the committee was meeting on traditional Algonquin territory — a fact that, she said, addresses the issue at the heart of the flaws in the bill, as it depends on the continued co-operation between First Nations and Canadian governments. Read the rest of this entry