Bus Tickets: Supreme Court Rally - Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames

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301 Wellington St

Ottawa

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On November 30th, on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Clyde River Inuit and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are heading to the Supreme Court to uphold the legal right of Indigenous People to be consulted on energy projects that will impact their communities. A win at the court could be a watershed for the future of Indigenous rights and environmental justice.

The communities and their supporters are organizing a rally outside the Supreme Court on November 30th. The rally will begin at 8:00 AM in front of the Supreme Court and will continue throughout the day, with speakers and activities. Click here for the rally event page.

Buses will leave from Toronto on Tuesday, November 29th in the afternoon at approximately 3 PM. Buses will leave Ottawa on Wednesday, November 30th at 5:30 PM and be returning to Toronto at approximately 10:30 PM. Pick-up and drop-off locations in Toronto: 33 Cecil Street.

In terms of bus price tickets, please pick the ticket option that reflects your ability to cover your costs. We are offering three ticket types, to help everyone attend the rally! However, transportation is expensive so if you can afford to pay more, please do. Please contact julia.levin@greenpeace.org if you have any commments or questions

If you need acccommodation in Ottawa, please fill out this form. We are working with churches and community groups to offer large spaces for accommodation for out of towners.**

Help Community Members Attend the Rally: to ensure that both communities are as well represented as possible, we are collecting donations that will be split between the communities to assist with travel costs. In order to leave a donation, click on the tickets button above.


Background information on the two communities and their cases:

Clyde River, an Inuit community on Baffin Island, is protesting dangerous oil exploration in their waters. A five-year oil exploration project in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait (off Clyde River’s coast) has been approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) without Inuit consent. This project allows seismic blasting — a process of firing loud sonic explosions through the ocean to find oil — as a first step towards dangerous Arctic oil drilling. Oil industry activities like seismic blasting seriously threaten Inuit food security by putting at risk the Arctic animals they depend on for their very survival. Two years ago, Clyde River filed a legal challenge against the seismic companies, the NEB, and the federal government for failure to consult. On November 30th, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear their case. Find out more here.

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN) is going to the Supreme Court of Canada to assert their rights as an Indigenous community. The community, near London, Ontario, is challenging the Canadian government to recognise and uphold the Crown’s treaty obligations with regard to an industrial project on their traditional territory. Their court case comes as a response to the failure of the Canadian government to consult Chippewas of the Thames First Nation on Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal project which went online last November and is set to transport tar sands dilbit. Despite a complete lack of consultation with Chippewas of the Thames and the community’s objections to the project, the Canadian government allowed the project to go ahead, breaching their duty towards Indigenous nations as outlined in the Canadian constitution. Find out more here.

The stakes for both of these cases are really high. These cases could decide what Indigenous consultation on proposed energy projects looks like, hopefully shaping the future of energy development in Canada and beyond for the better.

Stand with both Clyde River Inuit and the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ottawa on November 30th to uphold Indigenous rights.



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