A fight against time : Lubicon Cree Land Rights Struggle

The Lubicon Cree have seen the land on which they depend transformed by logging and large-scale oil and gas extraction. The Lubicon, an Indigenous nation of approximately 500 people living in northern Alberta, have never surrendered their rights to their traditional lands. The Lubicon were simply overlooked when a treaty was negotiated with other Indigenous peoples in the region in 1899. A reserve promised to them forty years later was never established. Since the mid-1980s, negotiations with the federal and provincial governments around land rights have repeatedly broken down. Meanwhile, the Lubicon say that their health, their way of life and their culture itself are being steadily destroyed by resource extraction to which they have never consented. (Amnesty International)

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