Yinka Dene Alliance

Yinka Dene Alliance complaint to United Nations about Enbridge and federal government’s conduct

February 2012

The Yinka Dene Alliance have filed a complaint and sent a representative to the United Nations in Geneva about the Harper government’s stated intention to push through the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines and tankers project, in violation of First Nations’ constitutionally-protected rights.

The complaint is filed under the Early Warning Measures and Urgent Procedures which allows complaints about a country’s proposed actions before they escalate into a violation of the. The U.N. Committee can open an investigation of the government’s plans and has the power to make a finding that Canada has violated or is likely to violate its legal obligations under the Convention.

Download copy of the complaint (PDF, 4 MB)

Photo of Anne Sam (right), Nak'azdli First Nation and Chief Marilyn Baptiste (left), Xeni Gwet'in First Nation (Tsilhqot'in Nation) and executive member of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.