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article imageNeil Young tour defends 1st Nations against tar sands development

By John Grande     Jan 14, 2014 in Environment
Toronto - Musician Neil Young's new Canadian tour lambasts Canada's Conservatives for Jackpine mine tar sands expansion and not honouring the Native treaties raises funds for Legal Defense of First Nations.
Supporting Canada's Native peoples, aging folk and rock musician Neil Young lambasted Canada's Conservative government for not honouring the treaties with its Native peoples as expansions plans for oil sands development in the Jackpine Mine area of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada move ahead. The environment is being directly altered and rendered toxic as cancer rates rise among Native peoples living in the north.
Accompanied by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allen Adam of the AFCN, climate scientist Andrew Weaver and indigenous rights advocate Eriel Deranger at a press conference before yesterday's Massey Hall concert in Toronto, Neil Young spoke of integrity being traded for money. Science broadcaster David Suzuki likewise spoke of his requests to meet the Prime Minister Harper to discuss the oil sands environmental issues being refused point blank.
The audience was amused greatly and cheered. The Shell Jackpine oil sands development has been described as a train out of control, with no conductor guiding where it is going, and whose environmental repercussions are largely unknown. Prime Minister Harper's administration has fired many environmental and scientific authorities in what they call cost cutting measures.
Neil Young's tour swings across Canada from Toronto to Winnipeg (January 16th), Regina (January 17th) and its final stop — Calgary (January 19th). The tour will raise funds for the ACFN's legal defense fund, Neil Young's goal. With Jazz singer Diana Krall, Neil Young's tour raises the profile of this oil sands project, one that does not look to alternative energy sources, disrupts the natural environment and is on such a scale that Young has compared the project's impact to Hiroshima.
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