ichannel and Aboriginal History Month – The Lubicon Cree

June 18th, 2012

 

Posted by Karyn Pugliese

In honour of Aboriginal History Month, ichannel is highlighting a series of one-hour @issue specials, hosted by Karyn Pugliese, that examine social justice issues, unique challenges and success stories from Aboriginal communities across Canada. You can watch the latest of these, “The Lubicon Cree,” below.


The Lubicon Cree. The Lubicon Cree of northern Alberta live on some of the richest land in Canada. In the 1970s, the Alberta government opened it for oil and gas development against the wishes of the Lubicon, who have never given up ownership of their land and resources. The results were devastating. Once a self-sufficient community of hunters, trappers and craftspeople, today the Lubicon live in poverty, without running water and other basic services – even as the province reaps more than $14 billion a year in revenues from the oil fields. And it’s not just a people’s way of life that has suffered; many Lubicon also believe that damage to their environment has been responsible for a host of health problems.

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