Stand with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Say No to Shell's Tar Sands Expansion
Want to help stop the expansion of the tar sands?
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation are bringing forward a question of constitutional law before the Joint Review panel challenging the application of Shell Oil's Jackpine Mine Expansion on October 23rd in Fort McMurray, AB. They are asking the public to join them and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against Shell's proposed tar sands expansion project.
For more information about Shell's proposals and ACFN's Challenge please visit www.stopshellnow.com
A constitutional challenge is historically significant and may be the only remaining pieces of law that can stop the destruction of the land. This will be an incredible day to say you were a part of!
ACFN will be hosting a rally and pipe ceremony on the first day of the constitutional challenges hearings asking the people to join them in solidarity and ceremony.
This will be a peaceful rally and will include drummers and a traditional pipe ceremony. We ask that people please be respectful to the tone and seriousness of this event.
Schedule for the Day:
- 8:00 am - Pipe Ceremony
- 9:00am - ACFN will be presenting their constitutional Challenge starting at 9am at Macdonald Island Park. The public is invited to come and listen in solidarity, to stand with the ACFN, and to witness this historic moment. Wewill begin the hearings with a pipe ceremony and drummers.
- 12:00pm - Public Press with Chief Adam and others - Come take a STAND with ACFN! Join us as Chief Adam gives comment to the hearings outside the doors of the facilities.
- 6:30 pm - 9:00pm - Public Panel with Maude Barlow from the Council of Canadians, members from Beaver Lake First Nation, Fort McKay First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - at MacDonald Island Park - Athabasca Room
That evening we will discuss these events and the constitutional challenge with guest speakers Maude Barlow, representatives from Fort McKay First Nation, Beaver Lake First Nation and ACFN representatives. 6:30pm-9:30pm.
If you would like to get on a bus from Edmonton, please RSVP your spot (we have 28 spots left) to chelseaf [at] sierraclub [dot] ca or by phoning 780-722-1226.
Bus leaves Edmonton at 6am and returns that evening after the speaking event at 9pm. Please bring your own food and water for the event, as there will be some snacks served at the speaking event in the evening.
We are asking for a $10-$20 donation for coming on the bus to help pay for the costs of transportation. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds!
Can't come to Fort McMurray on the 23rd?
Here are some easy steps for you to stand with ACFN in the lead up to the event:
- Share this event with your friends and networks via email and through facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/159030127569651/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
- Make the photo attached your profile picture in the lead up to October 23rd
- Post a photo of yourself and a home made sign to the facebook event page and your personal page. Signs could say "I Stand with ACFN" or your own personal message. Be sure to link the event page to your photo.
- Send a letter to Shell about how you stand with the ACFN and why you are against the projects by visiting http://www.stopshellnow.com/
“We are rightfully concerned about how Shell’s proposed Jackpine Mine Expansion Project will impact and infringe our section 35 rights. It’s clear Shell’s current application does not include enough information for the JRP to appropriately assess potential impacts on our rights,” stated Chief Allan Adam of ACFN.
“We hope the JRP will respect our unique rights and implement our recommendations and not let Shell slide through the approval process without addressing our concerns,” stated Chief Adam. “We will no longer stand on the side lines as Shell permanently destroys our lands, our rivers, our rights and our community.”