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Canada natives rap government snub of rights

Canadian police block aboriginal leaders from entering the parliament, December 4, 2012.

Canadian police block aboriginal leaders from entering the parliament, December 4, 2012.

Several aboriginal leaders in Canada have attempted to enter the country’s parliament to protest the government’s snub of the citizenship rights of the natives.

On Tuesday, the native leaders were physically restrained from entering the House of Commons, where discussions were being held concerning the county’s budget bill.

The main concern of the native leaders was that the Canadian government did not consult with the aboriginal people on the bill.

“All we wanted to do was have an audience with the very government that is continuously [undermining] our people, our sovereign right as a people of this land,” said Chief Wallace Fox of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan.

The parliament discussions also included the subject of removing thousands of lakes and streams from the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

“It is basically declaring open season on all parts of Canada, but especially on First Nation territory,” said lawmaker Charlie Angus.

“No consultation. There is a real frustration. So the desire was for some of the leaders to be able to come in and actually say, ‘Wait a minute, how come you are pushing this through, this omnibus legislation; you have not spoken to us.’”

If the law is amended, then no government approval is needed for the constructions of bridges, dams and other projects such as power lines.

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