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Rally targets oilsands investors

Posted by mhudema on June 18, 2008

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Tuesday June 17, 2008

“Stop funding our death” was one message sent to investors Monday during a protest at the Oil and Gas Investment Symposium hosted by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers in Calgary.

“Our community of Fort Chipewyan is in direct threat of being extinct because of the fact that the tarsands are polluting the water,” said Lionel Lepine of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. “I want the whole world to know we have a crisis going on in our town.”

The protest was spearheaded by the First Nations communities as well as environmental groups such as Sierra Club Prairie, Greenpeace Canada and ForestEthics.

Challenges for people to drink water from Lake Athabasca were unanswered. Many in the First Nations community say the lake is toxic, contaminated by the oilsands.

Protesters didn’t have an opportunity to interact with investors. They were already inside the Hyatt Calgary which was “pretty secure,” said George Poitras of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. A number of people were watching the rally, some believed to be investors or staff from the various companies attending the symposium.
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