A number of Indigenous people did say "yes", and they said so loudly and clearly at the public hearing!
I don't think anyone should think that all Indigenous people are opposed (or in favour) of this or any other project...it is just applying a racial lens that is inappropriate IMO.
Councillors were completly free to vote "no" - that they did - so to suggest that there was some kind of conspiracy where it wasn't "okay" for them to vote against leasing the land is just...bizzare. There's no conspiracy here. Just an attempt by a person who responded to a competition of ideas to create something unique in Edmonton, and just a project that would have woven new life into the centre of the City...
Those people don't represent all indigenous peoples.
I'm not saying all indigenous people are opposed, I'm saying we don't know. Proper consultation hasn't happened.
You're misunderstanding what I said. Aaron Paquette specifically brought up the topic of indigenous peoples engagement during the counsel meetings. He challenged Prairie Sky what would happen if during consultation with indigenous people, if they determined it wouldn't be appropriate to go forward. Prairie Sky gave a round around answer but said they wanted to get to "yes". Aaron Paquette was concerned about Prairie Sky, not other city city counsel members.
You list out all things city council could have done different, all of which lead to your preferred result, "yes". There's no outcome where "no" would be acceptable, just like Prairie Sky.
I'm not saying there's a conspiracy, I'm saying you don't care about how indigenous peoples may feel, and neither does Prairie Sky.
We are talking about a potential grave site, and an area already known to have cultural significance. Have some respect.