Peace House Stands in Solidarity with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

9230_425656657496345_286017032_nOn October 23rd the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) presented their arguments regarding their question of Constitutional Law to the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and the Joint Review Panel (JRP) with respect to Shell Canada’s application to expand their Jackpine Mine tar sands project. The questions brought forward by ACFN were rooted in section 35 of the Canadian constitution outlining the governments failure to meaningfully address the overall impacts of development on ACFN’s treaty rights as set out in Treaty 8. Although, the ERCB and JRP have agreed to hear evidence from ACFN they stated they have not determined if they will make decisions regarding constitutional challenges regarding section 35 rights. Chief Allan Adam of ACFN, along with allies and supporters, made a public statement regarding the importance of this challenge at noon that day at MacDonald Island Park.

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