Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Damning Report Finds Alberta Failing Aboriginals in Oil Sands Development

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

The Alberta government’s attempt to balance competing interests in the oilsands region has failed to protect aboriginal rights, lands and health from industrial development, says an unreleased report. More here.

1 comment:

John Fefchak said...

OUR WATERS ARE BEING DESTROYED.


SO DIFFERENT and YET SO MUCH the SAME:

The greed of money; at the expense of ALL.


The Stench of Money… Black Gold. Sun Cor started operations in 1967. Alberta, Canada.

"Aboriginal peoples have had great difficulties maintaining their lands and livelihoods in the face of massive encroachment. The actual reserve or community land base of Aboriginal people has shrunk by almost two-thirds since Confederation and on reserve, resources has largely vanished."
re:…Canadian Royal Commission (1996) on Aboriginal peoples in the Athabasca Tar Sands Region.

The Present.
Environmentally, it’s impact is already a disaster, a slow motion that is contaminating the basin of one of the largest river systems on this planet.
“The river used to be blue. Now it is brown. Nobody can fish or drink from it.The air is bad.”(re: An elder in a Native community along the Athabasca River.)
Toxic water-dumped into huge ponds, where it eventually will be leaching back into the waters courses.
An area of 54,000 square miles, vulnerable and being devastated, roughly centred on the boom town
of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
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The Yellow Gold. The Black Hills. South Dakota. U.S.A.

In 1868, the U.S. government signed a treaty exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement
forever.
However when European Americans discovered gold there in 1874, the government re-assigned
the Sioux, against their wishes to other reservations.
This sparked the fires of the Black Hills War, and the saga of “Custer’s Last Stand”
"Is this a preview of what will take place in Canada"?

John Fefchak.
Virden, Manitoba.