Astute letters urging resolution of Lubicon issue

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 20, 2006

Below please find some astute letters to the Minister of Indian Affairs urging a resolution of the Lubicon issue.

One letter says "we wonder at the agenda of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs which has allowed this to go on for so long."

Hopefully the new Minister is asking the same question. And hopefully he is prepared to take charge rather than letting the Department set the agenda.


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

 


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 failed to do, by promptly convening good faith negotiations with the Lubicon Nation to arrive at a settlement of Lubicon land rights.

I cant believe this injustice has gone on for so long! I first signed a petition on behalf of these patient people many years ago, and still their lands - the unceded traditional lands on which they depend for survival and identity - are not secure.

As you may know, Canadas failure to negotiate a fair settlement of Lubicon land rights has led to condemnation from the UN Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International and the World Council of Churches, amongst others. A resolution of this issue is possible soon - and would be a notable achievement for your government.

Sincerely,

Andre Scott


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

Dear Minister Prentice;

This is not the first time over the years that we have written asking the government in power to honour the promises made time and time again to the Lubicon Lake Cree.  The injustice of the delaying action has earned Canada black marks in the international community and is an embarrassment to us all.  With development being allowed on Lubicon land with no assessment,
environmental or other, and no compensation, we wonder at the agenda of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs which has allowed this to go on for so long.

We are 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.

Please make this a priority in the new government.

We look forward to your reply in the near future.

Yours truly,

Walter and Rhoda Melinyshyn



Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs
Government of Canada 
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H4
Canada

March 18, 2006

Dear Minister Prentice,

I am writing to urge you to act swiftly accomplish what previous federal governments have failed to do, by promptly convening good faith negotiations with the Lubicon Nation to arrive at a settlement of Lubicon land rights.

This injustice has gone on for far too long! I first signed a petition on behalf of the Lubicon people years ago. Their unceded traditional lands on which they depend for survival and identity must be secured for future generations of the Lubicon people.  If you are interested in justice and ethical resolution to the plight of the Lubicon act now on their behalf.

As you may know, Canada's failure to negotiate a fair settlement of Lubicon land rights has led to condemnation from the UN Human Rights Committee, Amnesty International and the World Council of Churches, amongst others. A resolution of this issue is possible soon and would be a notable achievement for your government.

Sincerely,
Wiluya Graham

Victoria BC
 


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