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Lubicon chief collected $1.5M, while community had no running water: audit

Former chief of the Lubicon Cree Bernard Ominayak.

Former chief of the Lubicon Cree Bernard Ominayak.

Community members in Little Buffalo, Alta., demand to know where oil and gas revenue went

CBC News, Sept 12, 2014

Community members in Little Buffalo, Alta. are demanding answers about where millions of dollars were spent.

The community, located about 400 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, is surrounded by the oil and gas industry. It’s part of a First Nation that runs the Cree Development Corporation (CDC), a non-profit that has generated millions through contracts with the energy industry.

Despite that, Cheryl Ominayak, who has lived in Little Buffalo for 28 years, says her way of life has changed very little. She draws water from a barrel and uses an outhouse.

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Lubicon Lake Nation appeals protest-ending court injunction

Six-month court order stops protest in northern Alberta.

Lubicon Cree anti-fracking blockade, Dec 2013.

Lubicon Cree anti-fracking blockade, Dec 2013.

CBC News, Jan 04, 2014

The Lubicon Lake Nation says it will continue to fight for the right to protest fracking on traditional lands in northern Alberta.

They are challenging an injunction granted to Penn West Petroleum Ltd. by a Calgary court last month that effectively shut down a three-week protest by Lubicon members near Sawn and Haig Lakes. Read the rest of this entry

Lubicon ordered to take down blockade

Lubicon appealing roadblock injunction awarded to company

Lubicon Cree anti-fracking blockade, Dec 2013.

Lubicon Cree anti-fracking blockade, Dec 2013.

by Meagan Wohlberg, Northern Journal, Dec 16, 2013

Lubicon Lake Nation protesters going into their fourth week of blocking access to a fracking site on their traditional territory were ordered to take down their roadblock early Monday evening by a Queen’s Bench court judge in Calgary. Read the rest of this entry

Update on Lubicon Nation Blockade of Access Road to Fracking Site

First Nation divided as RCMP, government give order to vacate

Lubicon Cree dealing with RCMP at blockade, Nov 29, 2013.

Lubicon Cree dealing with RCMP at blockade, Nov 29, 2013.

by Meagan Wohlberg, Northern Journal, Nov 29, 2013

Members of a First Nation in northern Alberta are occupying an access road to an oil lease site on their territory where a company intends to horizontally drill using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, without their consent. Read the rest of this entry

Lubicon Lake Nation Tells Penn West Petroleum to Frack Off!

November 26, 2013Lubicon Cree graphic

Peaceful Occupation of Penn West Petroleum Site Begins Little Buffalo, Alberta

The Lubicon Lake Nation people have been driven to enforce their Law against PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD. (TSX: PWT); (NYSE: PWE) today on an oil lease site located in their Territory by peacefully occupying a nearby access road. Read the rest of this entry

Lubicon Cree Standing Strong Against Fraudulent Election

Release Date: February 20, 2013

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LUBICON LAKE NATION STANDING STRONG AGAINST FRAUDULENT ELECTION: DEMANDS ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS CEASE ASSIMILATION TACTICS IN NATION

Little Buffalo, AB – The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation is a sovereign Nation within what is now Alberta, which has never signed treaty with Canada or the British crown ceding its rights over and title to its lands. The current Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation was formed as part of a custom resolution to previous disputes created by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AAND-C) interference and the current governance has the written acknowledge support of the vast majority of Lubicon citizens. The Government of the Lubicon Lake Nation has not called, nor held an election and no changes have been made to the governance of our Nation. Read the rest of this entry

Lubicon Cree hit with Major Oil Spill

The Lubicon Lake Cree in northern Alberta have suffered a devastating oil spill in their territory, which occurred on May 4, 2011.  The spill involves tens of thousands of barrels of oil approximately 10 km east of the Lubicon community of Little Buffalo.  The Lubicon Cree have been engaged in a long fight with oil corporations and government bureaucrats since the 1980s in efforts to protect their land and people.

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