Friday, March 24, 2017

Respect for Canadian lands runs deep.

On May 14, 2008, (click here) the Beaver Lake Cree released their Kétuskéno Declaration asserting their role as caretakers of their traditional territories and started a legal action to: a) enforce recognition of their Constitutionally protected rights to hunt, trap and fish, and b) protect the ecological integrity of their territories....

March 24, 2017
By David P. Ball

A First Nation (click here) about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton is shining a bright light on solar energy.

Beaver Lake Cree Nation, near Fort McMurray, has for years raised concerns about what they argue is the harmful effect of Alberta’s oil sands industry on residents’ health and lands.

And while some environmentalists get criticized for their fossil-intensive lifestyles, the small 1,000-member band wants to “walk the walk,” so to speak, and has installed 24,650 Watts of photovoltaic solar panels on its local school.

It’s just the first step on the “path to Indigenous energy sovereignty,” members of the Treaty 6 band said in a statement about the partnership launched with the environmental group Keepers of the Athabasca....