The Supreme Court of Canada Just Delivered a Big Win for Indigenous Rights Over Fossil Fuels
by Farrah Khan
July 26, 2017
The Clyde River Inuit won a three-year legal battle over seismic blasting and oil exploration in the Canadian Arctic today.
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After three years of tireless legal action, the Clyde River Inuit have stopped seismic blasting — a method of searching for offshore oil deposits that kills whales and dolphins and threatens coastal communities — in the Canadian Arctic.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) July 26, 2017
This means that marine mammals like beluga, bowhead and narwhals will be protected from deafening seismic blasts, and the community of Clyde River knows that its culture and way of life can continue.
— Greenpeace Canada (@GreenpeaceCA) July 26, 2017
Unfortunately, the Court also upheld the approval of the Line 9 pipeline reversal that the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is contesting. The fight for Indigenous rights will go on, and we stand in solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames in their courageous efforts to protect their rights, water, and our shared climate.
Greenpeace supporters like you have stood behind the Clyde River community from the beginning — you signed petitions, shared their story, and helped build a people-powered movement strong enough to stand up to the oil industry. We have plenty more work to do, but today know that everything you are doing has paid off paid off. Thank you!