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Honor the Treaties: Neil Young speech on video

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From last year, Neil Young gives an angry speech in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and other communities live at the front lines of the largest industrial project on earth. Much of ACFN’s traditional territories are home to tar sands rich deposits eyed by industry for exploitation.

Neil Young has visited our territory and seen the impacts of the tar sands first hand. That is why he has partnered with ACFN to raise money for the legal challenge of tar sands expansion and environmental destruction.

In the “Honor the Treaty” concert series this January, Neil Young and Diana Krall will perform live in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary. 100% of all proceeds will go to ACFN.

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“Honor the treaties” in Canada, benefit shows

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Canada, “Honor the treaties” benefit shows tour itenerary

Jan. 12 in Toronto

Jan. 16 in Winnipeg

Jan. 17 in Regina

Jan. 19 in Calgary.

Supporting act: Diana Krall. Website: http://www.honourtheacfn.ca/ .

Neil Young will perform four benefit concerts in his native Canada to raise funds for a legal defense fund supporting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in “challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights”.

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Canadian prime minister Redwood ist not amused: “He has a certain group of fans that follow him and it’s good that he’s going on tour again. … nd if he wants to support communities, then that’s a good thing, but it’s certainly not a case where there isn’t work going on, and good productive work going on, in terms of economic benefits and partnership, and that’ll continue”.

When Neil Young visited Fort McMurray, Alta., last year, and compared the oilsands city to Hiroshima, he caused a heated debate.

Here’s more to the debate and controvery that Neil is playing in his native country for First Nations in their fight against horrors like oil sands, tar sands:

Neil Young set to kick off Honour the Treaties tour
Shows are almost sold out, but not everyone is excited about Young’s campaign against oilsands
By Angela Sterritt, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2014

One hundred percent of Neil Young’s Honor the Treaties concert proceeds will go to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal defence fund to fight the oil sands.

Neil Young is kicking off his Honour the Treaties concert tour Sunday at Massey Hall in Toronto, with proceeds from four Canadian dates going to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s legal fight against the expansion of the Jackpine oilsands project.​

The First Nation is gearing up for a major legal fight after the federal government approved the expansion of Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine last month, despite an environmental assessment that said the development will cause irreversible environmental damage.
Shell received the green light from the federal government to expand its 7,500 hectare Jackpine mine to 13,000 hectares.

The company claims the enlarged mine could bring the Alberta and federal governments an estimated $17 billion in royalties and taxes over its life and create an additional 750 full time jobs.

But indigenous and environmental groups say the damage to water, land and animals outweighs any profits the addition to the oilsands site will yield.

>>> read more: cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/neil-young-set-to-kick-off-honour-the-treaties-tour

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Oil sands don’t listen to Neil Young

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… but politely respect him, though he and his ilk is meaning less to the power.

Canadian prime minister shoves away Neil Young’s statement:

He has a certain group of fans that follow him and it’s good that he’s 
going on tour again. But from my perspective, we as the government of 
Alberta have always had a really strong partnership with bands such as 
Fort Chip, and we’ve had really good economic relationships as well as 
consultation relationships and we’ve seen real improvements ...,” 
Redford said Monday during a year-end interview with the Journal.

who the F is Fort Chip?

Redford, who said she hasn’t listened to a lot of Young’s music, said 
the rock icon’s support for the First Nation won’t affect how her 
government carries on.

“It’s always important to support communities and if he wants to support 
communities, then that’s a good thing, but it’s certainly not a case 
where there isn’t work going on, and good productive work going on, in 
terms of economic benefits and partnership, and that’ll continue,” 
Redford said.

I guess this is politician blah blah and worth analyzing just the words. Polite, but firm in ignorance.

Read the whole story:

www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Redford+unfazed+Neil+Young+pronouncements+about+oilsands/9293855/story.html

“I’m not particularly certain that a rock star coming in changes a lot 
of that, we’ll do the work anyway.”

Question remains, which work? It’s Orwellian blah-blah. But nice to know that Neil is a Rock Star. And music can change a lot.

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Tar Sands: New Message from Neil

Neil Young is at it again in his battle against the tar sands of Alberta.

He posted this recently at http://www.neilyoung.com/

Harper’s Head Stuck in the Tar Sands

Earth-the-universe-22238243-2560-1600I was amazed to find that Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, my home country, has his head stuck in the tar sands of Alberta and has forgotten about his responsibilities to Canadians. Trans Canada, a company he backs, is actively pursuing the goal of crossing the United States with the Keystone Pipeline, a money maker for a chosen few that will cause incredible environmental damage. If it goes through it will be the shame of Canada, an environmental disaster that could have been stopped by responsibility and wisdom. It will not benefit America with energy or new jobs. The oil is for China and the world market, not the USA. With only 35 permanent jobs the added US employment is so small as to not even count.

In light of the United Nations concluding that Climate Change is definitely a result of man’s activities, I think it’s a good idea to learn as much as I can about it. One thing I did was visit http://www.keystonetruth.com/ to learn about the Keystone Pipeline and its direct relationship to Climate change. It’s very informative. If you are on the edge and might want to know more, then it’s a great place to go.

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He’s a feeling arranger.

Neil continues criticism of KeystoneXL at Farm Aid

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Rocker Neil Young continues criticism of Keystone XL at Farm-Aid

Joe Pavia Sep 21, 2013 03:42:22 PM

Neil Young is continuing his verbal assault on the Alberta oilsands.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”

Earlier this month, Young compared Fort McMurray to post-apocalyptic Hiroshima.
“They have the dirtiest oil in the world, where the Keystone pipeline is going to originate and cut through our country through our back lawns and through our farms all the way to a free trade zone in Port Arthur, Texas,” Young said.

Premier Alison Redford recently dismissed Young’s criticism, along with those of actor Robert Redford this month, saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and that we need to have a conversation on facts.
“I’ve really got to question how people who are using energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility,” Redford said Tuesday.

Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.

“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”

 

Random Quote

As the days fly past will we lose our grasp
Or fuse it in the sun?

by -- Neil Young

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