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Chippewas of the Thames is headed to Canada’s highest court to fight the Line 9 oil-flow reversal

Bolstered by the support of an international environmental group, a London-area First Nation is calling on all Canadians to join its campaign against energy giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse the flow of oil in the Line 9B pipeline.

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada this month for an appeal hearing on the change to the pipeline which travels through Chippewas land, a change which members — along with critics and environmentalists — warn could lead to an environmental catastrophe.

The reversal has been greenlighted by the National Energy Board, but, the Chippewas aruge, without the Crown first fulfilling its constitutional duty to consult the First Nation.

While the appeal takes place at the Supreme Court, supporters are organizing a “fill-the-Hill” demonstration in Ottawa that aims to get attention on Parliament Hill down the street. Read More.

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Chippewas of the Thames protest pipeline

The pipeline snakes across the forested plain, east from a place called Aamjiwnaang and on through the land that Myeengun Henry says has never been surrendered.

He said his nation, the Chippewas of the Thames, didn’t consent to the pipeline’s construction in the first place, 40 years ago. And when Enbridge, the pipeline owner, wanted to put through more oil and partially reverse its flow, Henry and his compatriots called for direct “nation to nation” consultation with the Canadian government — such is their constitutional right, he argued.

But the Chippewas of the Thames argue that right was denied despite direct appeals to federal ministers during community hearings on the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9, which was approved in 2015. Read More.

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Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Flag Raised at London City Hall to Commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the London Township Treaty

LONDON, ON (September 7, 2016)–Chief Leslee White-Eye was on-hand this morning to raise the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s flag at London City Hall to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the London Township Treaty.

This event is significant.  This morning’s flag raising acknowledges London and Chippewas’ shared history and will educate the public on the Treaty signed on September 7th, 1796.  The London Township Treaty is a land purchase agreement between the Chippewas and the British Crown for a tract of land located north of the Thames River.

“This is a positive step towards building a respectful relationship between the City and Chippewas of the Thames.  One of the key tenants of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 recommendations is raising awareness of the history of Treaties and Indigenous rights.  Initiatives like this serve to foster awareness and educational opportunities around our shared Treaty history for Londoners,” stated Chief Leslee White-Eye. Read More.

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Ontario first nation heads to Supreme Court over Enbridge’s Line 9

An Ontario first nation is taking its fight against a controversial pipeline that runs through one of Canada’s most populous corridors to the country’s top court.

The legal battle over Line 9 – which runs between Sarnia, Ont., and Montreal – pits the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation against Enbridge Inc., the National Energy Board and the Attorney General of Canada.

The aging pipeline drew spirited opposition when Enbridge sought to reverse its flow and increase its capacity in 2012. Read More.