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Lawsuit may Stop Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on September 17, 2008

Following the massive lawsuit filed by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation last month (and the one filed by the Woodland Cree last year), the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation came forward on June 4th to file their own lawsuit against the Alberta government.

The CPDFN say they weren’t consulted when the government leased away “the heart” of their traditional territory to MEG Energy Corporation for an oilsands (tarsands) project.

Focusing primarily on their Treaty Rights, CPDFN hope the lawsuit will require Alberta to hold ‘meaningful consultations’ so as to protect one of the few remaining places in their Traditional Territory where they can exercise their rights.

See below for a press release from the Chipewyan Dene Prairie First Nation.

First Nation Files Lawsuit Challenging Oilsands Tenure and Regulatory Approval System

EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(June 4, 2008) – Today the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation (”CPDFN”) filed legal action in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench against the Alberta Government alleging a breach of Alberta’s constitutional duty to consult with the First Nation on MEG Energy Corp.’s Christina Lake Regional Project, Phase 3. This Project is planned to be located in the heart of CPDFN’s Traditional Territory, between Christina Lake and Winifred Lake, the breadbasket of the First Nation.

“Our lakes, our land and the animals and fish we have relied on for thousands of years to support our way of life and cultural values are being destroyed by out-of-control oilsands developments,” said Chief Vern Janvier of CPDFN. “Because our constitutionally-protected rights are at risk in one of the few remaining places in our Traditional Territory where we can exercise them, we’ve asked the Courts to step in before it’s too late.”

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First Nations Unite to Fight the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on August 19, 2008

Natives unite to fight oilsands
Vow to go to court to stop ‘poisoning’ of rivers
Darcy Henton
The Edmonton Journal
Chipewyan elder Pat Marcel, 70, on the shore of Lake Athabasca where several hundred aboriginal leaders and environmental groups met for a Water is Boss conference on the weekend. Marcel says the community is not scaremongering when they say toxins in the Athabasca are killing the people.
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Chipewyan elder Pat Marcel, 70, on the shore of Lake Athabasca where several hundred aboriginal leaders and environmental groups met for a Water is Boss conference on the weekend. Marcel says the community is not scaremongering when they say toxins in the Athabasca are killing the people.

FORT CHIPEWYAN – Aboriginal leaders vow to go to court to stop what they say is the destruction of their land and the poisoning of their water.

Chiefs from three provinces and the Northwest Territories made the joint declaration Sunday at the conclusion of a water conference in Fort Chipewyan.

They say Alberta’s oldest European settlement is on the brink of catastrophe.

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam said aboriginal people cannot sit still and allow their land and water to be destroyed.

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Chipewyan Prairie Dene Sue Alberta Government over Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 18, 2008

Dene Sue Alberta – Seek Protection of Rights

14 July 08

Chipewyan logoThe Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation (CPDFN) filed the most recent of three First Nation lawsuits against the Alberta government. All demand meaningful consultation on oil sands development and protection of their Treaty Rights.

CPDFN lawsuit in June 2008, came after the Alberta government leased land in the heart of their traditional territory around Christina and Winifred Lakes to MEG Energy Corporation. The First Nation asserts the government did not uphold their constitutional duty to consult with them on the Christina Lake Regional Project Phase 3.

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Northern Alberta band sues over oilsands dev’t

Posted by mhudema on June 14, 2008

Steve Lillebuen
edmontonjournal.com
Chief Vern Janvier of the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation speaking at a news coinference about a lawsuit against the Alberta government over planned oilsands development.
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Chief Vern Janvier of the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation speaking at a news coinference about a lawsuit against the Alberta government over planned oilsands development.

EDMONTON – A small First Nations band in northern Alberta has launched legal action against the Alberta government over continuing oilsands development in the region.

In a statement of claim filed today, the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation alleges that it was not properly consulted when oilsands leases were acquired in its territory, which infringes on its constitutional rights.

“Nobody respects who we are,” Chief Vern Janvier said with tears in his eyes at a press conference. “There’s no consideration for us and there never has been.”

MEG Energy Corp. has several planned projects in the area. The band alleges in its claim that the company’s projects are located in the “bread basket” of tradition lands that have supplied fish, game and other resources for generations of native groups.

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