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.

Solidarity with Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames at the Supreme Court of Canada

Vanessa Gray of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at a solidarity rally for Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames at the Canadian Supreme Court in 2016.

© Stan Williams / Greenpeace

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.

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.

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!

Farrah Khan

By Farrah Khan

Farrah is an Arctic campaigner with Greenpeace Canada.

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