Friday, January 31, 2014

At What Cost Development?

Neil Young recently wrapped up his 4 city Honour the Treaties tour to raise money to fight the poisonous tar sands expansion affecting First Nations communities in Alberta, Canada.  The tour raised half a million dollars in legal funds.  

In the video below, Real News catches up with elected Chipewyan First Nations Chief Allan Adam on health issues faced by residents living near tar sands projects, treaty rights, adverse environmental affects, and his response to the oil company position that tar sands expansion is good for Canada. 

At what cost development? asks Chief Adam.  Among the myriad legal and environmental issues surrounding non-sustainable development, the chief describes studies showing 51 different types of cancer afflicting First Nations residents living by the Fort Chipewyan tar sands, 39 of which are considered rare or unusual cancers. 

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