Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs launch climate lawsuit against Ottawa

Updated: Feb 25

"Two Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs have launched a constitutional challenge in an effort to have the federal government commit to climate targets by modifying or cancelling energy projects such as the Coastal GasLink pipeline under construction in British Columbia.

Warner Naziel and Alphonse Gagnon are the plaintiffs in the statement of claim filed this week in federal court against Ottawa, saying Canada has a constitutional obligation to adhere to its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement on climate.

“The plaintiffs therefore seek a court order declaring as unconstitutional those statutory provisions that permit such projects to continue their high greenhouse-gas emissions,” according to the 27-page lawsuit filed by their lawyer, Richard Overstall."

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