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First Nation concerned Bill C-45 allows Tar Sands industry to destroy vital waterways and treaty rights

by on October 22, 2012

October 18, 2012 – Fort McMurray, AB – Today the conservative government tabled a new version of Bill C-45, a 443-page bill, to implement its federal budget.  The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) was taken aback by the proposed amendments stating they are indicative of the further erosion of Treaty rights in Canada.  ACFN leadership is particularly worried about suggested amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the removal protections of culturally significant and vital river ways from the act.

“This is unacceptable.  They have made a unilateral decision remove the protection of waterways without adequate consultation with First Nations and communities that rely on river systems for navigation and cultural practices protected under treaty,” stated Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “Shell Canada has proposed to mine out 21km of the Muskeg River, a river of cultural and biological significance. This ultimately gives the tar sands industry a green light to destroy vital waterways still used by our people.”

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is gearing up for presenting a question of constitutional law against the application of Shell Oil Canada to expand one of it’s existing project, citing lack of adequate or meaningful consultation and that the application would have adverse impact on their treaty rights.  In particular, the application calls for the mining out of 21 km of the Muskeg river, a river of cultural and traditional significance to both the people and wildlife in the area.  The new legislative changes would remove the protection of the Muskeg river making it much easier for Shell to gain approval.

“I am seriously concerned. We have seen the erosion of our people’s Treaty rights throughout various forms of legislation over the past decade.  The new proposed amendments in Bill C-45 are proof to us that the government hold little stock in our rights and title and are creating more loop holes for industry to continue annihilating our lands,” stated Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.  “We hope there will be a public outcry that echoes our sentiment.  After all, we all share the responsibility to protect mother earth.”


For more information contact:

Chief Allan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation 780-713-1220
Eriel Deranger, Communication Coordinator ACFN 780-903-6598

Also, visit http://acfnchallenge.wordpress.com/

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  • Bassam Imam
    October 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Members of the Athabasca Chipewyan Nation have a GOD-given right to live on their ancestral lands.

    Furthermore, how many treaties with the First Nations is Canada going to break?


  • Jim Wellington
    December 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    They will break as many treaties as it takes to satisfy the world powers that run/have interest in our country.
    They will not only break First Nations treaties, they will change local and international law to fall in line with the changes necessary to reshape the world for the interested parties. These parties include Shell, and all the other “out of control multinational corporations”.
    The people making these decisions live in a totally artificial environment, and probably have done so for many generations. They have lost touch with their beginnings and are lost, thinking that man is in control of the world and his own destiny.
    It`s simple to me…We wreck the planet….We die…and we should die, we deserve it.
    It would seem that a great number of powerful people are all for wrecking the planet. I know the details and the complexities, but the details and complexities won`t matter when most of the animals are dead, the trees cut down, and the last of our water is controlled by a company like Halliburton.
    I have been waiting since my 20`s for this to stop. I have been waiting for the world to start making sense on behalf of the environment. I turn 50 next week…it`s not going to change. There is an evil ignorance running this planet, and it will see it destroyed in the next 100 years…and during their time, they will always claim that…”they are fighting the good fight, on behalf of mankind”…


  • barni11
    January 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The Native community has the best shot at stopping this destructive rape of Canada and ALL Canadians. Non-Native Canadians, when governments are run by corporate puppets like Harper and the Tories, have no legal power to stop them. Native Canadians have the only legal way to prevent these travesties and I know of no Canadians – I don’t hang with Tories or their minions – who are not in complete solidarity with Native communities who are attempting, hopefully successfully, to protect their communities to stop this carnage of the earth’s environment to satisfy the greed of a very few.
    I know of no non-Native Canadians who want to destroy Native Canadians’ communities or lands or any land in Canada. The question for non-Native Canadians is how to help Natives defend this country against international corporate greed. If Native Canadians positioned themselves as defending Canada against this environmental destruction they would provide non-Native Canadians a way to get involved to protect all Canadian communities and Canadians.
    The corporate puppets are happy when Native and non-Native communities are slugging away at each other – divided we will fail, while in concert and cooperation we cannot be defeated. Driving a wedge between Native and non-Native communities is the first strategy of our common enemies, corporations and their lackies.


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