Not a good day to check the tweets being sent to @cathmckenna.
On Tuesday, the Liberal government approved the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, a move that might be of some assistance to BC Premier Christy Clark as an election looms on the horizon.
The controversial project involves fracking for natural gas in northern BC and building a pipeline to an export terminal to the Pacific coast.
First Nations leaders say the government hasn't consulted impacted communities, while environmental groups say the project will be "one of the largest carbon polluters in the country."
Despite these criticisms, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna claimed the Liberal government's decision to approve the LNG project was guided by "science" and the "traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples."
This decision was based on science, traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples and other relevant scientific evidence. pic.twitter.com/RlAcrkyplj— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) September 28, 2016
Let's check-in and see how people are reacting to that:
This is not sunny ways, it's Harper ways. https://t.co/ukS3RsWCYA— Amanda (@Anudda) September 28, 2016
Meanwhile, others noted McKenna's invocation of the "traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples" in an attempt to sell a fracking project.
@cathmckenna what traditional Indigenous knowledge specifically are you referring to that would condone a natural gas pipeline? Ludicrous.— Christi Belcourt (@christibelcourt) September 28, 2016
oooh so we're going to use "indigenous traditional knowledge" to extract gas in a $36 billion project. trudeau's woke neoliberal canada pic.twitter.com/QiTvFi4vZ4— Ennui GO (@funnyhandle) September 28, 2016
Seriously, you're going to invoke traditional Indigenous knowledge? #PNWLNG— irina cerić (@irinaceric) September 28, 2016
Hey look, a vague appeal to Indigenous "traditional knowledge" in support of colonial decision-making. https://t.co/Lct3HC6CpN— the gwitchin kris (@GwitchinKris) September 28, 2016
Soon traditional knowledge will be "when they want to pretend they consulted us, they'll say they listened to 'traditional knowledge'" https://t.co/hAfdO0ispF— Douglas Hunter (@DWHauthor) September 28, 2016
Canada's approval is rooted in colonialism, not "traditional knowledge". FYI- Ancestral teachings on LNG pipelines are nonexistent. https://t.co/VcErbbEY3S— Melissa Daniels (@DeneLegalEagle) September 28, 2016
And all this comes on the heels of McKenna confirming her Liberal government would be sticking to Stephen Harper's targets for reducing carbon emissions.
That didn't go well at all.
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