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[OPIRG-EVENTS] "Lubicon Embassy" opening July 25
Outaouais Lubicon Solidarity
237, rue Champlain, app 3, Hull QC J8X 3R7 - tel 819 777 3058 - fax
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2003
Contact: Ed Bianchi 235-9956 x221
Lubicon Supporters Open Lubicon Embassy to Commemorate Federal
Efficiency and Decisiveness
Ottawa - On July 25 supporters of the Lubicon Lake Indian Nation will
mark the anniversary of the
federal government's 1989 decision to "create" an Indian Band by
opening the Lubicon Embassy in
"Fourteen years ago the federal government created the Woodland Cree
Band and negotiated a land
claim settlement in a matter of months," said Outaouais Lubicon
Solidarity (OLS) spokesperson
Lorraine Rekmans. "We are confident the Prime Minister will act with
the same expediency and
decisiveness in keeping his 1993 promise of resolving Lubicon land
rights, and in anticipation of that
land rights settlement we're opening the Lubicon embassy."
OLS is inviting everyone to the official opening of the Lubicon Lake
Nation Embassy. The
opening will take place at the embassy's interim location in front of
the Prime Minister's
residence on 24 Sussex Drive, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Visitors will be able to apply for visas to visit Lubicon territory,
pick up attractive Lubicon travel
brochures, and learn more about the Lubicons and their 64-year
struggle to achieve recognition and
implementation of their inherent Aboriginal rights. Light snacks and
refreshments will be served.
In July 1989, the federal government tried to draw members away from
the Lubicon community, and
decrease any Lubicon land rights settlement, by invoking a clause of
the Indian Act that gives the
Minister of Indian Affairs the authority to create an Indian Band.
Ignoring the Lubicon and dozens of
other legitimate Aboriginal societies that had been waiting 50 years
or more for recognition of their
rights, the federal government established the Woodland Cree Band,
complete with "traditional
territory", and negotiated a land rights settlement with unprecedented speed.
Although promised a reserve in 1939, the Lubicons are still without
land, adequate housing or running
water. An estimated $1-million in resources is extracted from Lubicon
land each day.
In September, 2002 the Lubicons and the federal government reached
agreement on a capital
construction package. Construction of a new community with running
water and adequate housing is
one portion of an overall settlement agreement. Alberta joined the
talks in October. Reserve lands,
economic development, compensation packages, and a wildlife and
agreement over traditional Lubicon territory, are some of the
elements of a final settlement agreement
that will be negotiated.
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Our campaign is endorsed by:
Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Hull/Aylmer Riding Association of the New Democratic Party
Graduate Students Association - Carleton University
The Raging Grannies (Ottawa)
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
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