I would strongly encourage all to write in each letter this is Sacred, First Nation Lands with land use areas of Settlers and rights under several laws like some points listed below. The more it is made clear of our rights and the rights of all FN made by everyone the stronger argument everyone has:
Please read: this article: http://desmog.ca/2013/05/23/beaver-lake-cree-judgment-most-important-tar-sands-case-you-ve-never-heard
On another note:
This fight goes in this order of importance:
- This land is sacred land protected under the Creator or God because it has been a land always thought of as sacred.
- YOU CAN NOT ARGUE THE HOUSE OF GOD.
- This land is mother earth and she has rights too.
- This land is protected under the 1850 Treaty that states all land and traditional land is protected and all this land affected will be held accountable by those who affect it.
- This land and human rights are protected under the constitution Charter of Rights
- This land is protected under the First Nation Laws
- This land is protected under United Nations Indigenous Rights
- This land is protected under other laws outside of the Green Energy Act
- This land is to be proved under section 47.5 of the MOE Director’s job duty to justify why this land should be destroyed.
- This land is protected under water, food and traditional sovereignty international and federal rights.
- This land is protected under section 35 of the First Nations laws and states so in the Green Energy Act.
- This land is also protected under other provincial laws outside of the Green Energy Act.
- This land is protected on all the different ways it will infringe on people’s rights.
- This project infringes on the environment in beyond so many ways.
- This project infringes on the right for future generations to inherent this land as a pristine and pure landscape and not an environmental and economical disaster.
- This project will infringe on the ANSI.
(The following is a submission by one of our FWFN neighbours and friends)
Here’s my latest public point I made:
I am a younger person who was at the rally. There were several young people there. I am an environmental manager and outdoor educator. I live the lowest impact life in modern society a person could live. I’ am completely opposed to industrial industries being built on a sacred, pristine and unique watershed area like Loch Lomond Watershed. The outdoors is my office. I know better then some how our local ecology works, what is unique about it and how it will be damaged.
No one is disputing the fact we need to have better renewable energies in the world. Industrial industries green or not need to be appropriately sighted with proper impact studies done. If the City of Thunder Bay wants a wind farm, then it needs to be sighted in an area that has minimal impacts. Keep in mind Thunder Bay’s coal plant is not really in operation and will be shut down. Thunder Bay already has a surplus of green energy, I believe. Contact Thunder Bay Hydro and OPG to learn more about our energy.
The Green Energy Act states you have to use wind power before other energies. Which means dams with good drinking water will spill over. Wasting drinking water is not green. The Green Energy Act also took away environmental laws and protections of the environment and endangered species and is allowing wind developers to put industrial wind farms in the best and unique ecosystems in Ontario without proper and full environmental and human assessments. This is hardly green. To destroy natural sites vital to all inhabitants of earth is not a step in the right direction towards a greener tomorrow. A greener tomorrow does not include destroying pristine natural sites like the Loch Lomond Watershed with pure drinking water for 10, 000 (+) people a day for future generations and an area that houses endangered species, sacred sites and a unique ecosystem. Destroying such valuable natural assets for the world, Canada and locals to enjoy forever; all for human consumption, for an industry that will be old technology by tomorrow, for energy we don’t need in Thunder Bay because we already have too much energy we can’t use and it’s mostly green; is not a greener tomorrow. Blasting a mountain to build roads and having to drill down into the mountain area to install 450-1000 ft high turbines, clear cutting up to one hectare of old trees and unique plants per turbine, destroying one of Thunder Bay’s best and unique natural assets and watershed and killing endangered species is not a greener tomorrow my generation wants. The Sleeping Giant literally is slated to have turbines put on it according to the Ontario Wind Map. I wonder how people will react to that?
Progression is leaving our earth in a natural state to be able to live off of water and food that is local and natural. Many people in this city who are all for the wind farm and destroying a pure watershed, so we can fuel our electronics rather then fuel First Nations and the Neebing township and beyond with life sustenance called water and natural/traditional foods is not “GETTING WITH THE TIMES”. In fact, Bolivia gave Mother Earth rights this year to protect unique sites like the Nor’ Wester Mountains from industrial development. Protecting unique and natural sites is ‘GETTING WITH THE TIMES”.
We are a young enough country to learn from the mistakes of others. If we destroy this land to fuel our laptops and TVs instead of our spirits and bodies, then I feel it will be one of the biggest environmental tragedies this city will have ever made. It may also be an economical disaster for all locals with hydro rates going up, property taxes going up, homes devaluing and businesses like the Loch Lomond Ski hill who employs dozens of people and fuels the tourism economy like hotels and ski stores may shut down. When hundreds of people may be affected financially who are businesses owners and are progressive people because they bring unique businesses to our community, take a financial hit this is not progressive. We use Lake Superior for drinking water now. But clean drinking water and nutritional water is a big difference. Loch Lomond has good nutrition in the water. This water and land of the Nor’ Wester Mountains and Watershed assets should be protected for future generations.
A greener community means you stop urban sprawl, build smaller and more energy efficient homes, drive less and walk or bike more, eat healthy and reduce excessive food buying, eating and wasting, shop locally, consume less and spend less on stuff going to the dump, recycle, exercise and keep healthy to reduce medical problems and more industries needed to manage unhealthy people, plant more trees, buy items that are made out of organic materials and stop polluting and destroying pristine sites for human consumption. You live off the land and you make as little impacts as possible. Try not to buy into the idea of consumerism.
If anyone is worried about coal emissions stop owning 2-3 cars per household in this town and driving everywhere and start biking and walking more to lower the gas vehicle emissions which are more of problem in this city then any mill or coal plant (that is not) or is in operation.
My greener future means protecting pristine, unique and sacred sites not destroying it. Green energy starts at home with our own consumption reductions before having to produce more energy.
P.S. Cell towers and airplane signal towers on top of Mount McKay do not compare in size and environmental destruction compared to massive industrial wind farms.
Nations peoples within our very our community to heal through traditional outdoor practices.