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ONTARIO REGIONAL CHIEF ISADORE DAY: CANCELLATION OF ENERGY EAST PIPELINE A MAJOR VICTORY FOR FIRST NATIONS AND ALL CANADIANS WHO SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND CLEAN ENERGY

(Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation, October 5, 2017) “Today’s announcement that TransCanada has abandoned its proposed Energy East pipeline project is a major victory for all who support the protection of our lands, our waters, and air for future generations,” said Regional Chief Isadore Day.  “Right from the beginning, our Peoples were almost unanimously opposed to a 4,600 kilometre pipeline – running from Alberta to New Brunswick – that had the potential for major long-term environmental disaster.

 

“In fact, today I am at the Treaty 3 Gathering, hosted by Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation, which is one of 20 Ontario First Nations where the existing and proposed Energy East pipeline passes through on their lands.  This route, from northern to eastern Ontario, passes along and through thousands of lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway system.  Again, the potential for long-term damage to an already fragile eco-system was enormous.

 

“While there were many First Nation leaders, elders, and citizens opposed to Energy East, I want to single out Grand Chief Serge Simon from Kanesatake Mohawk Nation in Quebec.  He began a national campaign against Energy East, and traveled the country speaking about the potential environmental damage that our children would inherit.

 

“TransCanada, the federal Liberal government, and Ottawa lobbyists are describing today’s announcement as a business decision due to falling and fluctuating oil prices,” added Regional Chief Day. “If anything, this should encourage all levels of government to pursue clean, green energy development as the number one priority. 

 

“Canada cannot rely upon making a quick dollar on fossil fuels that will most likely be phased out within the next decade,” concluded Regional Chief Day. “More specifically, Prime Minister Trudeau, Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna, and Natural Resources Minister Carr must re-double their efforts on reconciliation to include First Nations in the new carbon economy and renewable resources that will sustain our children and grandchildren.”

 

 Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day

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