Northern Dene Trappers Alliance To Hold Meeting

Jesse Cardinal

Keepers of the Athabasca, January 28, 2015

Northern Dene Trappers Alliance To Hold Meeting at Camp in Response to Uranium and Oil Sands Exploration on Dene Nene

A call has gone out all over the land for people to come to the Trapper’s humble Camp 11 km north of LaLoche, Saskatchewan on Hwy #955 for a Big Meeting to share concerns and plan what to do about the rush to explore and develop uranium and oil sands mining projects in Dene Nene. The meeting is scheduled for January 29, 30, and 31, 2015.

Both these industries have real and serious impacts on the land, water and lives of northern people. Contrary to industry claims of benefitting northern communities, few people really benefit and when they are done and leave, our region will be left to suffer.

“Our people have been walked on long enough,” states Don Montgrand. “This is not what we need. It is time they listen to us.”

Earlier this winter, the Northern Dene Trappers Alliance had blocked the highway preventing exploration companies from hauling in equipment to drilling sites. Efforts to find out from government how many companies have been permitted and are working in the area have not been met with cooperation. On December 1, 2014, the Department of Highways got a Court Injunction and RCMP removed the road block.

Government of Saskatchewan has been notified to attend on January 30. To date they have not confirmed that they will attend.

Other leaders have been invited, it has been confirmed that leaders such as Grand Chief Derek Nepinak will also be attending.

For further information call:

Candyce Paul   (306) 288 -2079  

Don Montgrand   (306) 321 -5258

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