KAHNAWAKE, QC, March 4, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke would like to inform Kahnawa'kehró:non that an open letter has been sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper over concerns with the proposed Bill C-51, more commonly known as the 'Anti-Terrorism Act.'
The letter states, "While it is clear that the Canadian people and their government are concerned with both real and potential incidents of terrorism in Canada, there is also a great fear that the law may be used to brand legitimate protests by First Nations as acts of terrorism."
"This is the concern that we share with many other First Nations across the country: that C-51 will allow policing or other agencies to persecute First Nations protesters, regardless of how they conduct themselves," said Chief Lloyd Phillips. "Further to that, there will be great potential to label our people as 'terrorists' when they may, in fact, be simply defending or supporting Aboriginal rights and Title."
The letter continues, "The fast-tracking of Bill C-51 into legislation is, in itself another cause for concern. In its zeal to protect Canada's citizens there is a real danger that Canada's government may fail in its obligation to protect the right to protest and, quite possibly, other personal rights and freedoms. While the Canadian government feels it is necessary to act, it is always wise to proceed with proper diligence and caution."
The letter can be viewed in its entirety at www.kahnawake.com.
SOURCE MOHAWK COUNCIL OF KAHNAWAKE
For further information: Gene Diabo, Communications Officer, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, 450-632-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org