Sunday, January 12, 2014

Honour the Treaties

Canadian rock legend Neil Young blasts the Harper government and the Alberta tar sands prior to a concert he gave at Massey Hall with proceeds benefiting the Athabasca Chipeyan First Nation Legal Fund.  Not shown in this video seated to the right and standing to the left of Mr. Young are Allan Adam, chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Canadian scientist David Suzuki.

The Massey Hall concert is part of an inspiring Neil Young and Diana Krall Honour the Treaties tour, legal funds to fight against the environmentally destructive Jackpine Mine tar sands oil project poisoning First Nations communities.

The Canadian federal government gave Shell Canada the go ahead even though the environment minister found that the expansion is "likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects."

The Athabascan Chipewyan First Nations has also said that the expansion violates federal laws and treaties, the government still bulldozing ahead and leaving them with little option other than legal action.

Greenpeace Canada has issued a statement accusing the Harper government of putting the short term interests of oil ahead of environmental protection and First Nations treaty rights.

Below, via The #IdleNoMore Daily, video of the Toronto Idle No More Round Dance prior to the Massey Hall performance.  The tour will include three other performances in Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary.


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