Supporters letters to the new government

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

March 10, 2006

Attached please find letters which have been sent to the new Minister of Indian Affairs by Lubicon supporters. These letters are a good example of the message being sent to the new government: that it is long past time to resolve the Lubicon crisis and the new Minister is in a position to do so.

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

Canadian residents can also assist the Lubicon Nation further by:

1. 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.

2. forwarding this email to your friends and colleagues.


Dear Minister Prentice:

I am writing to urge you to take swift action on a pressing matter involving human rights that previous federal governments have failed to resolve.

In specific, I ask for your immediate attention to convening good-faith negotiations with the Lubicon Nation, in order to achieve a rapid, final, and certain settlement of Lubicon land rights.

As you know, the long-outstanding failure of successive Canadian government to negotiate a fair settlement of Lubicon land rights has led to rebukes from international Christian and human rights organizations. Among the organizations that have condemned Canada's treatment of the Lubicon Nation and their land rights issues are the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International, and the World Council of Churches. The decent people of the world, and the organizations that speak for them, want to see Canada set this situation to rights.

My understanding is that a resolution of this matter is possible within a short time frame. This would be a notable achievement for your government in its initial term, helping to set aside concerns that exist in some places about your intentions regarding Aboriginal policy issues. It is my fondest hope that you will see this matter as I do and take immediate action to conclude the negotiations and sign an agreement with the Lubicon Cree Nation.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Respectfully,

Ann Pohl, M.Ed.

Copies: Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
            Friends of the Lubicon

 


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

Dear Minister Prentice;

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 would be another indication that your government is serious about striking a new kind of relationship with First Nations peoples.

As a Conservative government, you are in an excellent position to negotiate with the Alberta government concerning its policies towards the Lubicon and their land-rights issues; it should now be possible for all parties to sit at the negotiation table and bargain in good faith.

Let justice for the Lubicon peoples be a real possibility in 2006!

Yours truly,

Susan Grace Draper


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.   

Yours truly,

Debbie Dergousoff


Dear Minister Prentice;

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

Mary Wall

Qualicum Beach, B.C.


Dear Minister Prentice;

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,

Anne Wright-Gedcke

Kitchener, ON 

cc. Prime Minister Stephen Harper


Dear Minister Prentice;

I was residing in Edmonton in 1983 when news broke about the invasion of Lubicon lands by a multitude of oil rigs, gas wells and roads, all of which demolished the traditional hunting grounds of that People.  We learned about the devastation of that First Nation's lands, of their way of life and consequent demoralization.

For more than twenty years previous federal governments have failed to convene good-faith negotiations with the Lubicon Nation towards a settlement of Lubicon land rights - a failure which  led to condemnation from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International, and the World Council of Churches.  It is long past the time when justice should have been

done.

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

Sincerely,

Robert Wild

Salt Spring Island, BC


Dear Minister Prentice;

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

The United Nations Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International and the World Council of Churches, among other organizations, have already condemned the failure of the federal government to negotiate failure to negotiate a fair settlement of Lubicon land rights.  The UNHCR first spoke out in 1990 and again in 2005 it criticized the federal government for failing to resolve this issue in a just manner.

The Lubicon's health and way of life have been severely damaged while licenses for resource extraction continue to be granted for disputed territory. It is a national disgrace that his situation ahs been allowed to continue for around thirty years.

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.

I urge you to take immediate steps to work at this issue in good faith with the Lubicon nation.

Yours sincerely,

The Reverends Margaret and Alan Sagar

Copies: The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister
The Honourable Jean Crowder, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Issues.
Friends of the Lubicon


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