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Letter Writing Campaign to the Federal Government

The Lubicon people are asking supporters to write the new Indian Affairs Minister urging him to give urgency and priority to settlement of Lubicon land rights and to send negotiators to the Lubicon negotiating table with a mandate to negotiate all outstanding Lubicon settlement issues in good faith.



Sample Letter and
Addresses to write to


Lubicon letter to Reeve Knudsen re: lack of land negotiations and the Lubicon water situation
Sep 26/08

About the deplorable water quality in aboriginal communities including Lubicon
May 28/08

A Great Response to Indian Affairs Minister's form letter
Nov 5/07

MP's Letter to new Minister of Indian Affairs
Nov 3/07

Chief Ominayak rebuts Government's doublespeak about Canada's inaction in resolving Lubicon dispute
Sep 30/07

Chief rebuts Prentice's latest upside-down backwards interpretation of Canadian history, law and justice
June 6/07

Responding to misinformation in a form letter sent by Minister Prentice to a Lubicon supporter
Dec 21/06

Rebuttal to federal government's preposterous arguments for refusing to negotiate with the Lubicons
Aug 24

Networking the Lubicon petition and letters
Jul 18

European organization (KWIA) opposes unauthorized government sell-off of Lubicon resources
Jul 18

Spotlight on unsafe drinking water sparks letter writing call for Lubicon settlement

March 10, 2006

Attached for your information are copies of recent newspaper articles on an announcement made by the new Canadian Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice that he will be proceeding on an emergency basis to deal with the problem of unsafe drinking water and sewage disposal on 15 selected Indian reserves in Canada. In the next couple of weeks Mr. Prentice will be announcing which 15 Indian communities (out of over 600) will be receiving this urgent emergency attention.

The Lubicons have no water treatment facility or sewage treatment system at all. Neither do they have any community health services and Lubicon housing conditions are terrible with as many as three or four generations living in a poorly insulated 900 square foot bungalow with no running water or indoor toilet facilities. All of the traditional Lubicon sources of drinking water have been contaminated by resource exploitation activity and the Lubicon people have to go 100 kilometers one way to buy bottled water despite the fact that many of them have been forced onto welfare by destruction of the traditional hunting and trapping economy; there is no public transportation serving their community and many of them don't own vehicles. Travelling over 100 kilometers to buy bottled water and getting to an outdoor toilet unassisted is particularly difficult for some of the older Lubicon people, especially during the harsh northern Alberta winter where temperatures can drop to -40 degrees C. As you can imagine, Lubicon medical problems are rampant with widespread asthma and skin rashes among the children so severe as to cause permanent scarring, a tuberculosis epidemic in 1987 which infected a third of the Lubicon people, near epidemic respiratory and stomach problems, cancers of all kinds and reproduction problems which during one 18 month period resulted in 19 still born Lubicon babies out of 21 pregnancies.

If the new minority government includes settlement of Lubicon land rights in the list of priority items they will be announcing in a couple of weeks, and the new Minister sends negotiators to the Lubicon negotiating table to negotiate all outstanding Lubicon settlement issues in good faith, there is a decent chance that a settlement of Lubicon land rights can be negotiated in the next several months. There is also a decent chance that such a settlement would be supported by the opposition political parties.

If there is no movement on the Lubicon issue in the fairly near future, however, it is likely that the minority Conservative government and the Canadian Parliament will both devolve into non-productive internal bickering making it extremely difficult if not impossible to get much of anything accomplished. If that happens any movement on the Lubicon issue will probably be put off until a new federal government is elected. When that election would occur and who might win such an election is unknown. Needless to say, putting off any hope of settlement in the foreseeable future would be very difficult for the Lubicon people.

The Lubicon people are therefore asking supporters to write the new Indian Affairs Minister urging him to give urgency and priority to settlement of Lubicon land rights and to send negotiators to the Lubicon negotiating table with a mandate to negotiate all outstanding Lubicon settlement issues in good faith. With the announcement of government priorities expected as early as next week, it would be good if these letters could be faxed or emailed to the new Minister as soon as possible.

Please write to:

Jim Prentice was the Minister of Indian Affairs when the above was written, the new minister is

The Hon. Chuck Strahl
Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4
Canada
Fax: (613) 944-9376
Email: strahl.c@parl.gc.ca

Please send noted copies of your letters to:

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4
Canada
Fax: (613) 947-0310
e-mail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

Please send copies of your letters to:

Friends of the Lubicon
P.O. Box 444, Stn. D,
Etobicoke, ON
Canada, M9A 4X4
Email: fol@tao.ca

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