British Columbia's NDP government was deservedly proud of itself when, last November, BC became the first Canadian province to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It was passed unanimously to much thumping and applause.
But, of course, that was last November. It's now February and not even the same year. Three months is a long time. Things change. Everyone knows that. It was all done with the best of intentions to be sure but, you know...
You see, everybody is getting hung up on Article 10 of the declaration:
Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.Everyone knows that no rule is ever really absolute. There have to be exceptions. Like pipeline companies, for example. Surely they have a superior competing interest, right? Just because there's a law saying something else doesn't make it so, eh?