Alberta Chiefs unanimously support Lubicon in dispute with TransCanada

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November 16, 2008

The Assembly of Treaty Chiefs, representing the Chiefs from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 unanimously issued a formal resolution of support for the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation in their dispute with TransCanada Corporation.

Notably, Treaty 8 covers the lands surrounding Lubicon Territory through which the North Central Crossing Pipeline is also intended to pass -- meaning that Chiefs all along the pipeline route have declared their support for the Lubicon position.

Specifically, the Chiefs have told TransCanada that the company "must obtain the approval of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation before TransCanada begins construction of any projects within Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Territory."

They say also that "if TransCanada Corporation does not wish to obtain Lubicon Lake Indian Nation approval for construction within Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Territory, then TransCanada Corporation must alternatively re-route its pipeline around Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Territory."

The full resolution is reproduced below.


Assembly of Treaty Chiefs

Resolution: 04-11-2008/#003R

SUBJECT: SUPPORT FOR THE LUBICON LAKE INDIAN NATION IN THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR PIPELINE

WHEREAS the Chiefs of the Treaty No. 6, Treaty No. 7, Treaty No. 8 [Alberta] known as the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs [hereinafter] did meet in a duly convened Fall Sitting held at the Radisson Hotel, in the City of Edmonton, Treaty No. 6 Territory on November 4th, 5th and 6th, 2008; and

WHEREAS the TransCanada Corporation plans to begin construction of the massive North Central Corridor Pipeline through Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Traditional Lands without first consulting and accommodating the concerns of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation; and

WHEREAS the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation has told TransCanada that they oppose construction of the proposed North Central Corridor Pipeline until representatives of TransCanada agree to respect Lubicon Lake Indian Nation land rights by addressing Lubicon Lake Indian Nation concerns about the environmental and social impacts of pipeline construction, operation, and related activities, and by obtaining Lubicon Lake Indian Nation approval for the project before starting construction; and

WHEREAS other resource companies have already set precedence by signing agreements with the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation committing them to first obtain Lubicon Lake Indian Nation approval for projects within Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Traditional Territory; and

WHEREAS if the TransCanada Corporation does not wish to obtain Lubicon Lake Indian Nation approval for construction within Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Territory, then TransCanada Corporation must alternatively re-route its pipeline around Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Traditional Territory; and

WHEREAS the Chiefs of the North Peace Tribal Council have met at a duly convened meeting on November 03, 2008 and fully support the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation in their position.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs also fully support the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation in their position that TransCanada Corporation must obtain the approval of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation before TransCanada Corporation begins construction of any projects within Lubicon Lake Indian Nation Traditional Territory.

MOVED BY: CHIEF ALLAN PAUL, ALEXANDER FIRST NATION

SECONDED BY: CHIEF RUPERT MENEEN, TALLCREE FIRST NATION

QUESTION CALLED
VOTE:
FOR: 31
AGAINST: 0
ABSTENTIONS: 0


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