Friends of the Lubicon
PO Box 444 Stn D,
Etobicoke ON M9A 4X4
Tel: (416) 763-7500
Email: fol (at) tao (dot) ca
www.lubicon.ca
 

February 6, 2006

Canada’s new Prime Minister Stephen Harper was sworn in this morning in Ottawa. Mr. Harper named Calgary-Centre-North Member of Parliament Jim Prentice as Minister of Indian Affairs.

Mr. Prentice is familiar with the issue of Lubicon land rights and the failure of the previous government to negotiate a resolution of this long-standing Canadian human rights issue.

Last June, Mr. Prentice wrote to then-Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott saying:

"After 20 months in office, the Prime Minister has failed to live up to his promise to the Lubicon people …. I call upon you and your colleagues to begin immediate negotiations towards a settlement of Lubicon land rights, and to conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment of proposed oil sands development projects."

Now Mr. Prentice and Stephen Harper are in a position to act on those concerns.

Lubicon supporters can send letters to Mr. Harper and Mr. Prentice urging them to swiftly accomplish what previous federal governments have all failed to do by immediately convening negotiations with the Lubicon Nation towards a settlement of Lubicon land rights.

Please write to:

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4
Canada

Please send noted copies of your letters to:

The Hon. Jim Prentice
Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4
Canada

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

Canadian residents can also assist the Lubicon Nation further by joining the national Lubicon petition campaign. Copies of the petition and downloadable information you can hand out to friends, co-workers and others is available here.


SAMPLE LETTER:

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Government of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H4
Canada

Dear Prime Minister Harper;

I am writing to urge you to act swiftly accomplish what previous federal governments have all failed to do by immediately convening good-faith negotiations with the Lubicon Nation towards a settlement of Lubicon land rights.

As you may know, failure to negotiate a fair settlement of Lubicon land rights has led to condemnation from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International and the World Council of Churches, amongst others. It’s time to set this right.

A resolution of this long-outstanding, internationally-recognized issue is possible within a short time frame and would be a notable achievement for your government in its initial term.

Sincerely,

 


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