I would like to thank the editor of the Calgary Herald for bringing to my attention that the message of this tour is not being clearly heard by everyone.
Honour the Treaties is not an anti tar sands crusade as the Herald claims. Its purpose is to bring light to the fact that treaties with First Nations peoples are not being honoured by Canada.
THE CALGARY HERALD AND CANCER
The editor of the Calgary Herald quoted a 2010 study by the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel that concluded “there is currently no credible evidence of environmental containment exposures from oil sands reaching Fort Chipweyan at levels expected to cause elevated cancer rates.”But people ARE dying. The fact is that the cancer among First Nations people is scientifically proven to be associated with tar sands extraction and disease has increased by 30%. This is now proven to be true and the old claims the Calgary Herald referred to yesterday are out of date and not relevant.
People are dying.
CBC news reports:A new study just released suggests chemicals from 50 years of oilsands production are showing up in increasing amounts in lakes in northern Alberta. And the effects are being felt much farther away than previously thought.The joint study between scientists at Queen’s University in Kingston, and Environment Canada looked at core samples from six lakes within 90 kilometres of the oil sands.
The authors focused on cancer-causing chemicals that are released when things are burned. They can occur naturally —but burning petroleum in oil sands production leaves a unique fingerprint, so the scientists were able to trace the source:
The Alberta Tar sands development.
280 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, downstream from oilsands operations, the Alberta Cancer Board found elevated rates of rare malignancies.
That available information was not published in the Calgary Herald yesterday.
Our tour across Canada is to bring awareness that First Nations Treaties must be honoured if tar sands expansion is to take place.
Arguments that First Nations people are benefiting from tar sands development, working and getting high wages that they couldn’t possibly get anywhere else is not a reason to break the treaties.
Of course they’re taking these jobs. What else are they supposed to do when the land they lived on for centuries is dying. This is not a gift.
I respect all workers.
It is unfortunate that the tar sands workers, who toil long hard hours to feed their families, are digging a hole that our grandchildren will have to dig themselves out of.
It is also a grave worry that tar sands workers from Canada, as well as thousands of temporary foreign workers, may not have health plans provided by their employers to cover related disease that could be imminent in their future, threatening the latter parts of their lives after their work is done. Where will the oil companies be then? That is a question for those families to consider. Again, I respect all workers.
While this part of the tour ends tonight in Calgary, the movement and efforts of Honour the Treaties will continue until the treaties are honoured.
I am a proud Canadian. I just renewed my passport in Winnipeg a few days ago. Canada is a great country. Canada used to be a world leader – not a follower. Canada can lead the world again by developing clean energy industries. New jobs can be created in Canada by leading the world in biomass and other renewable clean fuel technologies, just as Canada lead with acid rain solutions and ozone depletion solutions in the recent past.
Future fuels and electric power will combine to replace fossil fuel as the dominant source of transportation energy in our lifetime. Pioneering future energy companies are already starting up in Canada and we wish them all great success.
We have matched and multiplied the money we have raised from Canadians supporting Honour the Treaties.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
The CO2 spewing Fossil Fuel Age is exhaling its first death gasps.
Scientists worldwide agree that CO2 is one of the leading causes of climate change, the issue of the 21st century.
Just recently the Saddle Dome was under water up to the 10th row of seats, something no living resident could remember happening before. That’s climate change. Talk about 4 strong winds and 7 seas running high.
If the hole in Alberta’s Boreal forests gets bigger, causing CO2 levels to continue their climb, what is happening to the First Nations people now will inevitably happen to all of us .Climate Change is real. The Fossil Fuel Age is ending. We must survive the damage already done by CO2 abuse, not create more damage.
I am looking forward, protecting the earth for my grandchildren.
The treaties may now protect more than the First Nations.
They may protect the planet.
They must be honoured.
HONOUR THE TREATIES – THANK YOU CANADA
A friend asked me to ask you this – if the government is lying to the First Nations people, and not honouring the treaties- could they be lying to you?
The second leg of the Honour the Treaties tour begins tomorrow. Our tour across Canada has been a success. We have raised awareness on the subject of the broken treaties. Now Canada must respond in the courts. We have succeeded beyond our dreams in raising money for legal defense of the First Nations.
Global Environmental Forces are joining us now with financial resources and it’s all because of the Canadian people’s awesome response to our call for justice.
On behalf of Honour the Treaties, thank you Canada.