URGENT UPDATE! Dene Suline Given 48-Hour Court Notice to Vacate Peace Protection Camp at Berry Point in Cold Lake


** LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE! Click here for a 26 minute audio clip with comments from Cold Lake First Nations community members from a public meeting in Edmonton on May 17th - http://soundcloud.com/louiseclaire/clfn **
 

The Dene Suline of Cold Lake AB, are currently in the 4th week of a move to stop development over their sacred burial grounds at English Bay near Cold Lake, Alberta (Berry Point). This area also holds very significant culturally-sensitive ceremonial places. The elders that have been present at Berry Point looked in dismay at the destructive practices of governments dealing with this so-called ”park.” Berry-picking areas were cleared off for camping and R.V stalls. Big machines were used on the top of places were 4000 year-old artifacts were found in 2008. At this site in May of 2011, members built a ceremonial sweat lodge and followed traditional protocol ongoing into the Summer and into the Fall.

On May 12th, 2011, the Dene Suline were granted an Interim Injuction to stop work in this area by Court of Queens Bench in Edmonton AB. They could not agree to the court conditions that were attached because of spiritual protocol. At this time, June 3rd, 2011, the Dene Suline of Cold Lake were given a 48-hour notice to vacate the Berry Point camp at English Bay. Threats have been constant in our attempts to seek justice in a peaceful manner.

**The Dene Suline are asking all concerned to assist us in holding our position as inherent title holders to this very special place for the Dene Suline of Cold Lake, Alberta.**

For more information on how to provide support please contact Carrie Lawrence 587-201-1434

Masi’ Cho


** LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE! Click here for a 26 minute audio clip with comments from Cold Lake First Nations community members from a public meeting in Edmonton on May 17th - http://soundcloud.com/louiseclaire/clfn **  

 

 

    Sierra Club Prairie asserts our support for the Dene Suline in protecting their traditional territory from destruction for an RV park. The region in question is one of the last intact natural spaces within an area that has been highly affected by forestry, oil and gas development, tar sands insitu & military testing. We call on our members to contact the Alberta Government and let them know they must respect the asks of the Cold Lake First Nations and ensure protection for this ecologically and culturally significant place.    

**TAKE A MOMENT FOR THE ACTION ALERT HERE:   http://prairie.sierraclub.ca/en/action-alert/action-alert-support-indigenous-rights-protect-their-sacred-sites

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