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Indigenous People Of Canada Struggle for Land Rights

In Northern Alberta Canada an indigenous nation, the Lubicon, of approximately 500 are fighting for rights to their rights to their traditional lands. The Lubicon Cree have seen the land on which they depend transformed by logging and large-scale oil and gas extraction. The Lubicon were overlooked when a treaty was negotiated with other Indigenous peoples in the region in 1899. A reserve promised to them forty years later was never established and negotiations with the federal and provincial governments since the mid-1980s have repeatedly broken down. Meanwhile, the Lubicon say that their health, their way of life and their culture itself are being steadily destroyed by resource extraction to which they have never consented. Furthermore, the Lubicon continue to face pressure from ongoing and potentially expanded resource extraction on the disputed land. This conflict over indigenous lands has thwarted the Lubicon people’s rights to self-determination, and a resolution is needed immediately.

AI INDEX: AMR 20/001/2003 1 April 2003

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