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More on Honor the Treaties

neil-young-fullIt was the last Friday in August and the radio was off in the 1959 Lincoln on the highway from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, Alta., when Neil Young first heard about the daunting legal costs facing the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in their battle against the tar sands.

The story is told at APTN National News, how Neil Young and Daryl Hannah traveled to visit members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and learn about their battle against the tar sands.

“Really, really strong words came from him when he started talking to the chief directly,” said tribal member Eriel Deranger, who accompanied Neil.  “Neil has a lot of pull in the world and he wanted to use it for some sort of good and he mentioned we should do some sort of benefit concert.”

“All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted, their treaties are no good. They have a right to live on the land like they always did but there’s no land left that they can live on,” said Young. “All the animals are dying. This is truly a disaster. And America is supporting this. It’s very unfortunate that this is where we get the majority of our fuel from.”

Concert lineup: Jan. 12 in Toronto, Jan. 16 in Winnipeg, Jan. 17 in Regina and Jan. 19 in Calgary.

NOTE: Although initial reports indicated tickets go on sale Today (Dec. 10), a Ticketmaster link to the Winnipeg concert says tickets for that particular show go on sale Friday (Dec. 13). The link for the Winnipeg show also indicates the price range is from $59.50 on the low end up to $260.25 on the high end. Meanwhile, the Massey Hall link for the Toronto concert says tickets (ranging from $95 to $250) go on sale Friday morning at 10:30am local time.

Read the full article at: http://aptn.ca/news/2013/12/09/neil-youngs-honour-treaties-tour-born-greened-59-lincoln-road-fort-mcmurray/

To learn more about the ACFN: http://www.human-highway.org/2013honor-the-treaties

Thanksgiving message from Neil

Neil Young’s Thanksgiving message

Neil Young’s message for this holiday is an environmental/political one targeted at the  health of his homeland:

Today, I am thankful for all of the people world wide who work tirelessly for a good future on Planet Earth. And to my Canadian friends I say this, along with Elizabeth May:

STEPHEN HARPER IS NOT CANADA. When he became Prime Minister, he cancelled all climate programmes, repudiated our Kyoto targets, chose far weaker targets, weakened them again, legally withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, and then failed to meet the weaker targets.

Harper’s Conservatives now compete with Australia’s pro-coal government for the worst climate record in the industrialized world. As a result Canada’s international reputation has been severely damaged, but I must emphasise again: STEPHEN HARPER IS NOT CANADA.

80% of Canadians want climate action. 80% of Canadians continue to be very concerned about tackling the climate crisis. It is not too late — Canada can be part of an international solution, we can repair our reputation on the world stage. We cannot give up on our own and our children’s future with a collective shrug.

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You are from Canada, not you are?

A fun, shortneil-young-2011-3-27-20-30-6 piece in Rolling Stone called “The 12 Most Canadian Things About Neil Young” include great moments from the rocker’s northern roots.

Neil has lived in the U.S. for almost 50 years but maintained his Canadian citizenship.

“It’s my roots, ” he says. “I’m proud to be a Canadian, but I don’t let it hold me back,” he is quoted in the article.

His Canadian-ism includes his fashion sense: “With his fondness for plaid shirts and general dishevelment, Young usually goes  onstage looking like a lumberjack from Saskatchewan.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-12-most-canadian-things-about-neil-young-20131017

 

Neil on the Oil Sands, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

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Neil Young on oil sands: ‘Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima’

Michael Babad, The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 10 2013, 7:48 AM EDT

Young on oil sands

Canadian rocker Neil Young is wading into the heated debate over the oil sands and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, warning of the health effects on First Nations peoples and the “wasteland” that is Fort McMurray.

Mr. Young, one of Canada’s best-known singer-songwriters since the 1960s, told a conference in Washington yesterday that he recently travelled to Alberta, where “much of the oil comes from, much of the oil that we’re using here, which they call ethical oil because it’s not from Saudi Arabia or some country that may be at war with us.”

He was at a National Farmers Union conference on Capitol Hill meant to support alternative fuels, such as ethanol, which he did at length, slamming Big Oil and talk about his own LincVolt, an old Continental that runs on ethanol and electricity.

Here’s what he said about the oil sands:

“The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuels all over – the fumes everywhere – you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 or 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this.”

Videos and more:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/neil-young-on-oil-sands-fort-mcmurray-looks-like-hiroshima/article14213233/?cmpid=rss1

the video:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/neil-young-says-fort-mcmurray-looks-like-hiroshima/article14213715/

 

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“You wake up in the mornin\'
And the sun\'s comin\' up. ”

by -- Neil Young

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