July 3, 2013
Pinecrest Energy Inc.
Attn: Korby Zimmerman, Vice President of Business Development & Land
Suite 500, Bow Valley Square III
255-5th Ave SW
Re: Open Letter to Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSX:PRY) and its Shareholders
It has come to my attention that your company intends to proceed with resource development and extraction on Lubicon lands without their consent. Having been educated by the various actions taken by Chief Bernard Ominayak and the members of the Lubicon Lake Nation, as well as others throughout the Idle No More movement, I am writing this letter as a concerned citizen to encourage your company to commit to working within the legal and customary frameworks set forth by the Lubicon Lake Nation government over their lands in the interests of fairness and increased wellbeing of the Lubicon people.
As you are already aware from communications forwarded to you by the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation recently, the Lubicon Lake Nation maintains lawful jurisdiction and ownership over certain traditional Lubicon lands near Peace River, Alberta and the resources contained within those lands. Your company has been provided with a copy of the detailed Statement of Claim outlining these facts in an ongoing legal battle against the Governments of Alberta and Canada. That same legal action also implores the court to grant an injunction against any development activity being conducted on Lubicon lands without their free, prior and informed consent as guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Lubicon have also requested in writing that your company and others, as a sign of good faith, undertake no development on Lubicon lands without their prior consent.
It should be noted that this issue persists solely as a result of Canada’s ongoing failure to enter into treaty with the Lubicon in order to take proper legal possession of the lands in question and has been further exacerbated by Canada’s ongoing attempts to unlawfully deny the rightful governing institutions of the Lubicon Lake Nation. The United Nations has repeatedly cited Canada for these continued violations of the rights of the Lubicon people. A 2005 UN report said the “activities of private companies on Aboriginal lands — should be carried out only with consultation and approval of all Aboriginal and concerned communities” and that the activity on Lubicon land seems “in contradiction with (UN) treaty bodies’ recommendations and the right to self-determination and control over natural resources” of the Lubicon people.
In light of this information, I look forward to news confirming that your company, as good corporate citizens (and in the interest of human decency), have agreed to obtain the consent of Chief Ominayak and the Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation in good faith prior to proceeding with any development on Lubicon lands.