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Press Release: Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree v. The Crown

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COMING TO CALGARY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH!



Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk, photographer Garth Lenz and lawyer Jack Woodward explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet.


RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Evironmental Needs)is pleased to host Jack Woodward, one of Canada’s pre-eminent Aboriginal Law practitioners, to discuss a groundbreaking legal action filed to protect the Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s constitutionally guaranteed treaty rights and way of life against tar sands developments and other industrial activity in its traditional hunting and fishing lands. The event will also feature a graphic and moving slide presentation of images taken throughout the tar sands devastation by renowned photographer Garth Lenz (Canadian Geographic) and insight from Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, into the current political issues of tar sands and climate change. The evening will conclude with a Qa&A session that provides an opportunity to talk to the speakers in person.



Where: John Dutton Theatre (Calgary Public Library)

616 Macleod Tr. SE

When: November 27, 2009

Time: 5-7pm

Admission: FREE



News Facts

- Unlike a judicial review, a ruling that the tar sands expansion is unconstitutional has no reversal.

- In its Statement of Claim,Beaver Lake Cree Nation cites more than 17,000 infringements by oil companies on its core traditional area for hunting and fishing.

- The Statement of Claim was filed May 2008. Neither the Alberta nor the federal government has yet filed a Statement of Defence.
 


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