Roseau River First Nation has just started a video campaign to raise awareness about the issue of oil, poverty, land theft, and violence against indigenous People in Canada – compared to that of what happened to Iraqis when economic sanctions were imposed on them some ten years ago.
Below you will find a Press Release from Chief Terrance Nelson of Roseau River, along with the video itself. Please be advised, the video contains images of deceased persons
Roseau River is serious about ensuring that the oil pipelines scheduled to pass through our territory do no pass without the government of Canada fulfilling it’s lawful obligation to consult and accommodate the First Nation as set in many Supreme Court of Canada decisions.
The Alberta Clipper and Keystone Project will pump $47 billion worth of crude oil to the US market every year. Ten years ago a group of us left to Iraq at the invitation of the Hussein government to put a human face on Economic Sanctions. Oil was the issue then in Iraq and it is the issue now for indigenous peoples in Canada.
With the launch of this video we have officially started the campaign to Wake Up America! We as indigenous people in Canada are asking that Americans ask questions about the oil supply from Canada! Why is it so hard to share with the indigenous people a portion of the wealth of our resources?
On Monday at the Chief and Council meeting our council approved a letter to President Chavez requesting international aid to help us fight for a share of the oil wealth passing through our lands. Among other things, we asked President Chavez to lead an international awareness campaign on the issue of Canadian oil flowing to the American market. The flow of oil to the States occurs without any or little benefit to the original owners of the resource wealth, the indigenous peoples of Canada.
We need international financial aid to help us take “big oil” and Canada to court to ensure that they follow the decisions already made by the Supreme Court of Canada in other cases.
There are very powerful forces at play in this and we therefore don’t know how long the video will be on You Tube, if you can down load it and keep it for your files. We ask everyone to please send out this link to all your contact lists.
Chief Terrance Nelson
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