Call for Community Support in Litigation Against PLAR

Posted by: Sebastien Fekete 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mikisew Cree is preparing for litigation regarding the Public Land Administration Regulation (PLAR), and we are now in the evidence gathering stage. Some surveys have already been completed, and now legal is going to get further information by conducting a series of interviews with people making use of public crown land (outside Wood Buffalo National Park). The main participants thus far have been in the Fort McMurray area, and we are currently trying to find out other people in Fort Chipewyan who may also qualify to participate.

PLAR includes a number of restrictions on land use, all of which impair First Nations people from executing their Treaty Rights:

  • Individuals are now required to obtain an access permit from Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) to go out on the land for more than 14 consecutive days for the purposes of hunting, fishing, gathering and camping, even when these activities are protected as Treaty or Aboriginal rights—the permit has to be renewed every 14 days
  • Permits are also required for “events”, which is defined in such a way to include cultural, spiritual or harvesting activities that are done collectively
  • Wheeled or tracked conveyances, such as ATVs, are not permitted on the shores of any waterways, even if they are being used in order to facilitate the exercise of Treaty or Aboriginal rights
  • SRD is now able to set “disturbance standards” on lands, which could further restrict the exercise of Treaty or Aboriginal rights
  • Authorizations are required for the construction or occupation of cabins
  • A number of restrictions apply in public land use zones and public land recreation areas, including in relation to firearms, fires, vehicle use, camping, dressing game and removal of firewood
  • Some areas of Crown land will be closed entirely under PLAR. The Crown says those closers will apply to First Nation land users exercising Treaty rights, just as the closures apply to all Albertans.

There is no honoraria available for volunteers, but travel expenses will be covered by Mikisew Cree Government and Industry Relations. To get on board with Mikisew Cree's litigation against PLAR, please contact Jocelyn Marten at (780) 697-3747 or email jocelyn.marten@mcfngir.ca.

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  • Hal R Ward 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Avaaz.org avaaz@avaaz.org

    This organization may help in getting recognition via petitions, they do have a world wide forum and has helped in making people more aware of what governments are trying to achieve by separating peoples from the land via court actions etc.... I believe also on a community level a petition site should be set up via internet as members are far and wide. thanks for giving us peoples a heads up on what it taking place, and making us aware, please keep us updated !!! :) :) :)

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  • Hal R Ward 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/11/harpers-first-nations-termination-plan.html

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  • Ms. Gail Webb 5 months ago


     


    Ms. Gail Webb
    11833-125th st. NW
    December 4th, 2012

    Attention Chief and Counsel,

    RE: Public Lands Administration Regulation

    My name is Gail Webb, I am a Metis woman currently living in Edmonton. I would like to lend my support to your litigation. If I don't meet your expectation's I ask that my voice be heard. My vote is a very strong NO. There are other aboriginal land user's out there that PLAR will effect.
    I heartly agree that this will dramatically decrease the rights granted by Treaty. I have no such rights, but I have relations living on many reserves and this affects them and their children. This is why I am concerned about any legislation that takes away rights previously granted, through Treaty.
    I firmly beleive that this type of regulation is a giant step backwards. It appears to be one step short of infringing on our charter rights. I wonder how long it will be before we have to have permission to leave our homes?
    As a child and as a mother we would go to the bush for extended periods. As children we learned to set snares and hunted small game. We learned what to eat and when to gather it. The Land is our identity as Aboriginal people. I do not want to be told when I can go or how long I may stay.
    We still are the best stewards of the land. Our feet walked soflty on our mother, before white man came we had huge herds of buffalo, elk, moose, deer etc. We had clean water and many giant fish to eat. Our forests were untouched. We had everything, and in abundance. Now they are trying to take away our freedom of movement on the land? We will lose our identity as a people. It will be a very sad day if PLAR comes into being.

    All my Relations,
    Gail Webb
















     
     

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