Prime Minister Trudeau is calling for Canadians to take an active role in implementing the global climate change deal reached this weekend in Paris.
The Canadian government is one of the only rich countries fighting for the inclusion of Indigenous rights in the Paris climate accord against the resistance of U.S. and European Union powers, according to several sources. The news came as Indigenious peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon launched a flotilla of kayaks in downtown Paris on Sunday to paddle their point to “keep fossil fuels in the ground” and to urge state governments to respect their collective Indigenous rights. The Trudeau government is, said a prominent a First Nations leader, acting with great leadership, and in sharp contrast to the previous Harper regime and other wealthy countries now. “Canada has taken a very supportive role in Paris which is absolutely welcome given where we have been over the last decade on this issue. The only recourse we have had is to the courts,” wrote Grand Chief Edward John with the First Nations Summit on Monday.