Stepping Up in Support of First Nations Rights

On April 30, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal launched by the governments of Alberta and Canada to derail the Beaver Lake Cree Nations BLCN case against the expansion of the oil sands in its traditional territory. After almost five years, the case will now proceed to trial.This case is breaking new ground as the BLCN claim is based on violations of its Treaty rights because of the cumulative effects of oil, gas and oilsands exploitation, rather than each project in isolation. There are already approximately 35,000 oil and gas sites on BLCNs traditional territory. Exxon and other oil cartels plan to increase production of bitumen within the territory from the current 560,000 barrels per day to more than 1.6 million barrels per day.

via The Marxist-Leninist Daily.

Author: Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.

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