Showdown at Shell! Extreme Energy Development vs Indigenous Peoples

Help a delegation of First Nations and Alaska Natives to attend Shell AGM in the Hague, Netherlands to stop extreme energy development on their homelands.

Extreme Energy is the "bottom of the barrel" kind of oil and gas projects. Many of the last pristine areas on earth are within Indigenous lands. Extreme energy includes fracking, tar sands, and deep sea off-shore drilling. Indigenous Peoples bear the brunt of extreme energy development through loss of land, clean water, and clean air. Many still live sustainably off the land.

We are raising money to bring an Indigenous delegation of First Nations and Alaska Natives living at ground zero of Shells fracking, tar sands mining-the largest human development project on earth; and proposed off-shore drilling. Your donation to this campaign will help with airfare so four Indigenous People can attend the Royal Dutch Shell Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the shareholders in The Hague, Netherlands on May 21st, 2013.  

Our goals are for Indigenous leaders to speak for themselves, to hold the shareholders accountable and put a human face to the impacts of extreme energy development. With your help we will bring international attention and remind the world there are better options than extreme energy development that destroys Indigenous communities!

$8000 is our goal!!

  • We want to pay for travel for four Indigenous People to travel from Alaska, Northern British Columbia, southwestern Ontario and Northern Alberta. Because the areas people are traveling from are more remote and not major metropolitan areas the airfare will cost the most! We hope to raise $2000.00 per person. 
  • If we were to raise more than our goal? Which would be amazing! Those funds would go to additional travel costs such as food, lodging, and ground transportation. 
  • If we dont raise our goal? We wont be able to send as many delegation members. But with your help we are hopeful that that wont happen!

Fun Perks 

  • Special edition silk screen t-shirts made with love by local Alberta organizers
  • Tar Sands lino prints donated from Montreal, PQ
  • Limited edition lino prints 
  • Donated art piece

And of course our eternal gratitude for supporting some amazing leaders work to protect their homelands and way of life!

The Impact

First Nations and Alaska Natives are leading the way forward to a future free of fossil fuel development through protecting their lands, way of life and culture. This is super strategic because its not just for Indigenous communities but for all people. We all deserve to have clean air and water. To live free from sickness like cancer which is an epidemic in some communities due to their high level of exposure to development pollution. 

With support from partner non-profit organizations such as UK Tar Sands Network, the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, 

Delegation members include:

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation- (ACFN) is a Denesuline community based in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Its territory spans and includes lands within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Lower Athabasca and North West Saskatchewan planning regions. Members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation hold rights that are protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Since time immemorial and long before ACFN entered into Treaty, Denesuline Peoples of its region lived and continue to live and sustain themselves, their families and their community from Mother Earth and all that she provides. Industrialization of ACFN’s traditional territories has lead to the cumulative removal of lands, wildlife and fish habitat as well as the destruction of ecological, aesthetic and sensory systems. This will consequently affect Treaty promises, cultural and spiritual renewal, procurement of resources, and Denesuline Peoples connection and use of landscape that is integral to traditional use.

This industrialization has thrust the ACFN to the forefront of the tar sands controversy. Canada and Alberta’s elected leaders have been promoting tar sands development on ACFN traditional lands at a pace that appears irresponsible and irreparably destructive. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) filed suit against Shell Oil Canada in September of 2011. Papers were served to Shell executives in November.

Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL) is an Alaska Native Network of the Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Tlingit, Eyak, Gwich’in and Denaiana Athabascan Tribes. REDOIL is a movement of Alaska Natives who are challenging the fossil fuel and mining industry and demanding our rights to a safe and healthy environment conducive to subsistence. REDOIL aims to address the human and ecological health impacts brought on by unsustainable development practices of the fossil fuel and mining industry, and the ensuing effect of catastrophic climate change. REDOIL supports the self determination right of Tribes in Alaska, as well as a just transition from fossil fuel and mineral development to sustainable economies, and sustainable development.

1. Support and Promote Tribal Self Determination and Subsistence

2. Promote Human and Ecological Health

3. Address Global Warming and Climate Justice

4. Foster Sustainable Economic Solutions

5. Promote Protection of Indigenous Homelands for Future Generations

Fort Nelson First Nation- delegate to be confirmed

Aamjiwnaag First Nation -Surrounded by 63 petro chemical companies within a fifty km radius; Aamjiwnaag First Nation is one of the most polluted places to live according to National Geographic. The oldest petro chemical company in the local area is 130 years old. First Nations are seeing high rates of cancer, birth defects, and changes in live birth rates- one boy for every two girls. This is the community where Shell is proposing to build the biggest refinery in Canada for upgrading Tar sands for shipping to Portland, MI-USA. Line 9 starts in Aamjiwnaag and is a twin pipeline to the same pipeline- Kalamazoo;/ that ruptured, creating the largest pipeline spill in US history. 

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