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Kennedy writes: "U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to 'collectively challenge and resist' proposals to build more pipelines from tar sands in Alberta, Canada. At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty on Thursday at ceremonies held in Vancouver and Montreal."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip shakes the hands of First Nation leaders after they sign the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion during an announcement on oil sands pipelines Thursday at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. (photo: Ben Nelms/Reuters)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip shakes the hands of First Nation leaders after they sign the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion during an announcement on oil sands pipelines Thursday at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. (photo: Ben Nelms/Reuters)


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Dozens of US, Canadian Tribes Unite Against Proposed Oil Pipelines

By Merrit Kennedy, NPR

25 September 16

 

.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to "collectively challenge and resist" proposals to build more pipelines from tar sands in Alberta, Canada. At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty on Thursday at ceremonies held in Vancouver and Montreal.

The show of unity comes as a separate protest movement against the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline in the U.S. has galvanized tribes. Earlier this month, as we reported, the U.S. government halted construction in one area particularly sensitive to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which led the protests. The Standing Rock Sioux is among the signatories to the treaty.

"We are in a time of unprecedented unity amongst Indigenous people working together for a better future for everyone," Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative said in a press release.

"Tar sands expansion is a collective threat to our Nations. It requires a collective response," the treaty states. Called the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, it opposes projects that will expand the production of the Alberta Tar Sands, "including for the transport of such expanded production, whether by pipeline, rail or tanker."

That includes "all five current tar sands pipeline and tanker project proposals (Kinder Morgan, Energy East, Line 3, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL) as well as tar sands rail projects such as the Chaleur Terminals Inc. export project at the Port of Belledune in New Brunswick," according to a statement from the alliance.

In the treaty, the native groups say the proposed projects "threaten many Indigenous Nations' territories, waterways, shores and communities with the very real risk of toxic and hazardous oil spills." The alliance vows to work toward a "more equitable and sustainable future."

"One chief, Serge Simon, of the Kanesatake Mohawks in Quebec, says the goal is to remain peaceful, but all options are on the table," as reporter Dan Karpenchuk in Toronto told our Newscast unit. "The chiefs plan to meet soon to confirm strategy for the fight. They will also look at international legal action."

The signatories hope that a unified front will mean work will be truly halted, rather than simply rerouted, as the National Observer explained: "By aligning themselves with other Indigenous nations across Canada and the northern U.S., participants hope to ensure that dangerous projects are not able to 'escape' by using alternative routes."

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association said that "the industry would listen to aboriginal concerns," Reuters reported. But it added that "the fact remains there is a critical need for pipelines in Canada."

As Karpenchuk noted, "The treaty came on the same day that a climate change advocacy group said Canada should stop any new oil and gas developments if it wants to reach its climate change targets."


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+14 # guomashi 2016-09-25 09:58
If all those disparate tribes can overcome their differences and unite, we can come together with them too. There is no more difference between US and them than there is among them.
 
 
+13 # chrisconnolly 2016-09-25 10:47
Thank god they are standing up for all of us. Clean water is not a radical idea. Neither is clean air. How can we be so abtuse as to think it is? Thank you tribes for being the sensible ones. I hope we can take your lead and change our current self destructive course.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2016-09-25 11:44
This is the best news I've seen in a long while, particularly as it pertains to climate change.

I hope this convergence will empower native peoples and save our planet. I'll help in any way I can.
 
 
-10 # MidwestTom 2016-09-25 12:08
Ask where the trial 'leaders' live? Most Tribal council members do not live on the reservations, but they know how to play the system. Many live in ver nice houses in LasVegas. If you want to know what 1200% welfare does to people, visit a reservation for several days.
 
 
+5 # librarian1984 2016-09-25 14:06
OMG you are a Renaissance bigot -- ignorant on EVERY topic!!
 
 
+3 # anarchaos 2016-09-25 15:34
Possibly not ignorant on the topic of 'making-stuff-u p'?
 
 
+3 # anarchaos 2016-09-25 15:28
Some solid verifiable facts, references, concrete information on your assertions, please. And where did the 1200% welfare figure originate and 1200% of WHAT amount? (example = 1200% of ZERO is hmmmmmm.....,Oh Yeah ZERO, zilch, nada, naught, nothing, 0.)
 
 
+4 # lfeuille 2016-09-25 17:19
I don't care where they live. Who said they should only care about what happens in their own backyard. Fossil Fuel infrastructure is detrimental to their people who do live near it as well as to all the other people who live near it. And the product they get out of the ground or transport or refine is detrimental to the entire planet.

Go. Chiefs!! They are doing us all a favor.
 
 
0 # reiverpacific 2016-09-27 12:37
Quoting MidwestTom:
Ask where the trial 'leaders' live? Most Tribal council members do not live on the reservations, but they know how to play the system. Many live in ver nice houses in LasVegas. If you want to know what 1200% welfare does to people, visit a reservation for several days.


So share with us YOUR visit to a res'!
I lived on two for several months (I'm an honorary Scottish member of A.I.M.), one the Nez Perce in Eastern Oregon/Western Idaho, which is and earthly paradise these good folks having maintained a respectful relationship with Mother Earth, and Pine Ridge, which at times is a living Hell riddled with white-instigate d alcoholism, corruption, drunken violence, wife/child abuse and hopelessness.
I believe that they are now looking at trying to get self sufficiency funds to make solar and wind farm, which I hope will revive their pride and independent warrior spirit.
 
 
+2 # jimallyn 2016-09-26 00:22
We held a No DAPL rally here recently, and a group of people are putting together a fundraiser for the Sacred Stone Camp. This is something that everybody everywhere should get on board with.
 

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