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International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects

Historic ceremony and signing of a new International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects

“Attendees […] sign an International Treaty to effectively block the Keystone XL TransCanada Pipeline. Representatives of Indigenous Nations and their allies, including farmers and ranchers, business and environmental leaders, leading treaty and environmental lawyers, news media, and other concerned citizens […] gather for unprecedented unified action.

This International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands and Keystone XL will build upon the Save the Fraser River Declaration, the Rights of Mother Earth Accord, Indigenous Leaders Spiritual Declaration, the Earth Charter, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This International Treaty between Indigenous Nations is grounded in the January 23rd, 1863 Pawnee Nation and Ihanktonwan Dakota / Nakota Peace Treaty. Witnessed by representatives of the Ponca Nation and the United States government, this was the first written Peace Treaty between Indian Nations in history.” (From Facebook page)

Quote from Treaty:

“We agree to the mutual, collective, and lawful enforcement of our responsibilities to protect our lands, waters, and air by all means necessary, and if called on to do so, we will exercise our peace and friendship by lawfully defending one another’s lands, waters, air, and sacred sites from the threat of tar sands projects…”

International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects




A Reminder of Tar Sands oil extraction [Infographic from NPR]

Infographic: How Tar Sands Oil Is Produced

Infographic: How Tar Sands Oil Is Produced




What oil extraction looks like :
[Alberta, Canada National Geographic]
Syncrude Aurora Oil Sands Mine, north of Fort McMurray, Canada.
Photo By Peter Essick


Also See:
Scientists Call on President to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Tribal Members Sign Treaty Calling for an End to Alberta Oil Sands Development and Keystone XL
These Pictures Show How Oil Sand Mining Releases Carcinogens Into Canadian Lakes

To the Last Drop: Canada’s Dirty Oil Sands



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