UN to discuss Alberta's Lubicon Cree

Feb, 19 2007

GENEVA/630 CHED - A UN Committee has started hearings in Geneva with one of the items on the agenda the Lubicon Cree of Northern Alberta.

The small band, which lives in an oil-rich area east of Peace River, has never signed a treaty with the federal government.

The problem is that oil companies and logging companies have moved in to traditional Lubicon territory. Land the Indians say they haven't given up title to.

Two UN committees have already declared Canada to be in violation of international agreements -- an agreement on civil and political rights and one on economic, social and cultural rights.

Now the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has agreed to hear a complaint from the Lubicon. The sessions end on March 9th. It's not known when the Lubicon matter will be on the table.

No negotiations are scheduled between the Lubicon Cree First Nation and the Federal Government.

- Byron Christopher