Aboriginal Laws just as valid as European Settler Laws

Re: ‘New Brunswick’s new energy’, Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, Wed. Oct. 23, 2013


Dear Editor:

Mr. Simpson says, “Claiming to have land rights isn’t the same as having them in law –“. I ask, whose law?

Colonial law was imposed on First Nations peoples by the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’, meaning that Europeans who arrived and planted their flags in the Americas, imposed their laws on the New World’s people, with complete disregard for established laws which had permitted Aboriginal people to live successfully within the bounds of nature for millenia.

The Elsipogtog First Nation’s people, with support from their Acadian and English speaking allies in New Brunswick are upholding their laws which require them to protect the remaining clean fresh water that is so vital to life.

Fracking and Tar Sands extraction are two of several ‘unconventional’ sources of oil, so-called because they are extremely expensive and enormously destructive of clean water which is already in limited supply.

Unconventional extraction is being exploited by greedy gas and oil companies plus their customers because the easy to extract oil pools are gone.

The Elsipogtog people are well aware that it will be impossible to stop fracking if the exploration phase successfully finds oil shale under their non-ceded traditional lands. It is imperative for their survival that they stop the exploration.

As a recognition of what the Aboriginal people already know, Canada should end all fossil fuel subsidies and move rapidly to renewable sources of energy plus serious conservation.

About Murray Lumley

Board member of Conscience Canada; Christian Peacemaker Teams Reservist; retired teacher; grandfather
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