communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial
project, the Tar Sands Gigaproject. Northern Alberta is ground zero
with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone,
with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage,
land, ecosystems and human health of Indigenous communities including
the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort
Fort McKay Cree Nation, Beaver Lake Cree First Nation Chipewyan
Prairie First Nation, and the Metis, are being sacrificed for oil
money in what has been termed a “slow industrial genocide”.
Infrastructure projects linked to the tar sands expansion such as the
Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Ontario
Line 9 reversal, and the Keystone XL pipeline threaten Indigenous
communities across Turtle Island.
Join us to
hear from Indigenous women at the front line of defending the land
and communities from tar sands development and expansion.
Dinner will be served and childcare on-site.
Feast is sponsored and provided by the International
Woman's Caucus on Climate
This is a free event.
Ta'Kaiya Blaney is a Sliammon Nation
youth who made headlines when she wrote a song to speak up against
the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Since then, she has been a
strong Indigenous youth voice locally and internationally advocating
to protect the coast and the land against big oil.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dene from the Athbasca Chipewyan First Nation of
Northern Alberta, Canada. She is currently the Communications
Coordinator for Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, who have recently
filed a suit against oil giant Shell Oil Canada for their open-pit
Suzanne Dhaliwal is the co-founder of
the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the
Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations
and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has been
working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years.
She has worked with organizations like Redwire Native Media Society
and Indigenous Media Arts Society. She has joined greenpeace as a tar
sands climate & energy campaigner.
This event is organized by the
Indigenous Environmental Network. IEN is an alliance of grassroots
Indigenous Peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of
Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening,
maintaining, and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws.
This event is
supported by Aboriginal Front Door, Alliance for Peoples Health,
Council of Canadians, Indigenous Action Movement, International
Woman's Caucus on Climate, Mining Justice Alliance, No One Is Illegal
- Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, Occupy Vancouver
Environmental Justice Working Group, Pipe Up Network, Purple Thistle
Center, Streams of Justice, Tanker Free BC, Western Wilderness
Blockaders Have Locked Themselves to a Pipe-carrying Truck In
Livingston, TX, bringing construction on the Keystone XL pipeline to
the Red River valley to the Gulf Coast are uniting to realize their
collective vision of a world without toxic tar sands pipelines being
forced through the homes of families who don’t want them. Today’s
message is clear: the people are rising up to defend their homes.
This act of
peaceful civil disobedience comes in the wake of a recent court
decision condoning TransCanada’s use of eminent domain for private
gain. Last week Lamar County Judge Bill Harris ruled in a shockingly
abbreviated fifteen-word summary judgment that Texas farmer Julia
Trigg Crawford cannot challenge TransCanada’s claim that it is
entitled to a piece of her home. The underwhelming ruling was emailed
to Ms. Crawford’s attorney late in the evening of August 15 from the
First Nation preparing for Shell’s Jackpine Mine
Expansion Environmental Hearings
August 27, 2012
Fort McMurray, AB – For over a year the Athabasca Chipewyan First
Nation (ACFN) has been preparing for the Joint Review Panel hearings
to challenge Shell Oil Canada’s proposed Jackpine Mine expansion and
the Pierre River open pit mine tar sands projects. Last week, the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced the first hearing
dates for the Jackpine Mine Expansion project starting October 29th
in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Council of the ACFN made clear commitments to protect the treaty
rights of their people and the first nation feels the proposed Shell
Oil projects are in breach of Treaty 8 rights leading to degradation
of critical hunting, trapping, fishing lands and waterways in the
region. Read more
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