Cree + Tar Sands + Treaty Rights

27 May

“The Beaver Lake Cree Judgment: The Most Important Tar Sands Case You’ve Never Heard Of”

 “The Beaver Lake case will define the point where industrial development must be curtailed to preserve treaty rights” (from a Canadian Native Rights lawyer).

Although this case is from the Canadian Courts, it’s exactly what we at <> have been arguing –that our Treaty Rights to hunt, trap, fish, and gather on “ceded” territories are Constitutionally-based in both Canada and the United States, and “industrial development” (ie, fracking in Michigan) endangers the environment, and, therefore, our “usual privileges of occupancy” are also threatened (quote from the 1836 Treaty of Washington).


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