I am writing to express my concern with and frustration for your government’s continued treatment of the people of the Lubicon Lake Nation. Particularly, I want to address the grave concern that I have with your endorsement of the oil and gas exploitation occurring in the Lubicon Lake Nation traditional territory without the Lubicon Lake Nation’s consent, most particularly and recently that of TransCanada Pipeline (and their efforts to construct a pipeline through unceded Lubicon Lake Nation territory).
As the Lubicon Lake Nation citizens are original peoples - First Nations – living on their unceded traditional territories, it is important that the Government of Canada respect and address the Aboriginal rights and title of the Lubicon Lake Nation with the Lubicon Lake Nation. Your failure to address these rights and title have resulted in untold suffering and as of yet unquantifiable losses to the Lubicon Lake Nation.
Additionally, I want to note my concern with the Department of Indian Affairs’ wrongful and illegal interruption of funding to the Lubicon Lake Nation. In my opinion, this is yet another example of the ongoing assault on the health, well-being, and very lives of the people of the Lubicon Lake Nation for which Canada is responsible. The Government of Canada has not addressed its responsibility, obligation and duty to the Lubicon Lake Nation.
Additionally, I am taking this opportunity to remind you that Canada has been publicly sanctioned by the United Nations yet continues to be complicit in the exploitation of Lubicon Lake Nation territories by virtue of its failure to address that responsibility, obligation and duty.
The Government of Canada’s failure and complicity has resulted in continuing illness, death, and destruction of the Lubicon Lake Nation peoples and lands. In March of 2010 it was 20 years since the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that the “Historical inequities...and more recent developments threaten the way of life and culture of the. Lubicon people and constitute a violation of article 27 (of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) so long as they continue.”
As we enter the third decade since this pronouncement, I remind you that this would be an exceptionally significant timeframe in which to address the United Nation’s concern with the Canadian government’s conduct and to publicly acknowledge Canada’s attempts to eradicate colonialism by concluding successful negotiations with the Lubicon Lake Nation.
- That the Canadian government re-establish funding to the Lubicon Lake Nation and immediately enter into negotiations with the Lubicon Lake Nation representatives appointed by Chief Ominayak and the Lubicon Lake Nation in order to reach an Agreement addressing and related to the Lubicon Lake Nation’s Aboriginal rights and title.;
- That your government respect the authority of the Lubicon Lake Nation and that you undertake to open a dialogue with Chief Bernard Ominayak and his Council; and
- That your government cease all invasion, intrusion and detrimental regulation related to the unceded Lubicon Lake Nation territory as doing so breaks Lubicon, Provincial, Canadian and International laws.
I look forward to your timely and positive response to this matter.