Indigenous leaders sign opposition to Keystone XL in Calgary


Indigenous leaders from the U.S. and Canada gathered in Calgary on Wednesday to sign a declaration of opposition against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The ceremony included leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada, which includes Indigenous people in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the Great Sioux Nation in the U.S.

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Keystone XL pipeline faces opposition from ‘historic union’ of Canada, U.S. Indigenous tribes

Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation leaders signing declaration against pipeline Wednesday in Calgary

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A 16-page declaration will be signed in Calgary Wednesday by Indigenous leaders representing thousands of people across North America. It highlights their treaty rights and opposition to the proposed $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline. In the photo above, pipeline protesters with the Idle No More movement demonstrate in Washington in 2014.

Keystone XL map March 2017

The Keystone XL pipeline would bring oil from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb. (Natalie Holdway/CBC)

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which for months has been fighting the $3.8-billion US Dakota Access pipeline, announced its opposition to Keystone well.

“Once again, the treaty lands of the Great Sioux Nation are threatened by Keystone — a perilous pipeline,” said tribal chair Dave Archambault II in a statement.


Correspondence from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Inbox x

Ministerial Correspondence Unit – Mailout <>

7:50 AM (56 minutes ago)
to me

Dear Ms. Wilson:


Thank you for your correspondence concerning access to water on First Nations reserves.


At the outset, I would like to express my sincere regret for the delay in responding. Given the high volume of correspondence that I receive, it is not always possible to respond in a timely fashion. However, I welcome the opportunity to address your concerns at this time.


Please be assured that our government is committed to strengthening reserve water and wastewater infrastructure. We are delivering on this long‑term commitment by engaging with First Nation communities across Canada.


As you may know, this matter falls more directly within the purviews of my colleagues the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and the Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. I note that you have already contacted Minister Bennett. I have therefore taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to Minister Philpott for her information and consideration.


Thank you again for writing. I appreciate being made aware of your concerns.




The Honourable Jody Wilson‑Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


c.c.:      The Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Health





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