RCMP Serve Injunction to Northern Trappers Alliance “Holding the Line” Camp
According to updates from the Northern Trappers Alliance, who have braved icy winter conditions to blockade oil and gas territories on their land, the RCMP have issued an injunction and have moved in.
The Dene alliance formed the blockade about a week and a half ago in order to maintain traplines and prevent industry vehicles from passing through. The camp, called Holding the Line, is in a rural area of Saskatchewan, where the First Nations say that the energy industry is attempting to obstruct their lifeways.
This morning, reports have come in that the RCMP has moved the trailer blocking the road, and threatened anyone blocking the road with arrest.
The word from the camp is clear—they will not accept compensation and will not allow any development that would tamper with the Dene life and harm those yet to be born.
You can call LaLoche RCMP at 306-822-2010 to demand that they remove themselves from the Dene lands and halt their assault on the Holding the Line camp.
Northern Trappers Block Oil Companies – Support Needed
December 1, 2014
Keeper of the Water and Keepers of the Athabasca support the Trappers in La Loche Saskatchewan and also ask other groups, communities and organizations to show their solidarity. We refer you to the original press statement from the Trappers who are peacefully camping on their traditional territory, where they have gained sustenance from Hunting, Fishing and Trapping, since before Treaties.
NORTHERN TRAPPERS BLOCK OIL COMPANIES
The Dene people of Ducharme, who have made a living from the land for centuries, have found access to their trap lines blocked by security gates. Life-long trapper, Don Montgrand, reported, “When I drove up to my trap line, a helicopter followed overhead of me, all the way. That’s 106 km.”
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, a road block will be established 8 km north of LaLoche, Saskatchewan to prevent numerous oil companies’ road access to exploration camps beyond that point. Trappers are making a stand because for the past 6 ½ years, there has been a mad rush on mineral and oil exploration. This along with the province’s ‘let it burn’ forest fire policy in the region which has decimated wildlife and destroyed cabins has had a serious impact on their ability to make a living and thrive in a culturally sustainable way in their own home territory. “It is taking food off of our table”, says Bobby Montgrand.
Deals have been struck with the Mayor and Council of LaLoche (Ducharme is outside of the municipal boundaries of LaLoche) and Chief and Council of nearby Clearwater River Dene Nation but due to Confidentiality Agreements no information and no compensation is reaching the trappers who are being hit hard by this.
We’ve had enough! The animals are disappearing. Even the minnows are dying in the lakes. All of the chemicals they are dumping and burning in our local landfills and what they are leaving in the bush and running into the lakes. Even the people are dying of cancer and some are pretty young. We buried six in the last few months when we used to see maybe one person die of cancer in a year”, claims Don Montgrand.
The trappers are concerned that they are being ignored and driven off of their lands by oil and mineral companies, like Cenovus from Calgary, Alberta. “When these companies are done destroying our north there will be nothing for our children to live on”, stated Bobby Montgrand.
Contact: Don Montgrand (306) 822-3181 or Bobby Montgrand (306) 822-2704
Updated on actions in LaLoche, Saskatchewan:
The RCMP are onsite and have served the Trappers with an Injunction and have stated that they cannot block the road, if they go on the road, they will be arrested. Many First Nation and Metis fear that northern Saskatchewan will become like the Tar sands in FortMcMurray, where no wildlife or fish have a chance and birds die upon contact with the toxic tailings ponds that can be seen from space.
Please support this effort of protecting land, air, water, living beings and culture. You can support by writing about it, blogging, contacting media, holding support rallies, going to LaLoche to stand in solidarity with the Trappers, sending donations.
For updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/616057965183898/622153067907721/?notif_t=group_activity