The list of celebrities who officially back Neil Young’s fight against the oilsands just got much longer.
Actress Neve Campbell, The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, dancer and member of the Order of Canada Margi Gillis, Alberta author and poet Sid Marty, writers Joseph Boyden and Michael Ondaatje, and 18 others, on Monday signed an open letter encouraging Canadians to ask themselves what kind of Canada they want to live in.
The letter was issued in support of Neil Young’s “Honour the Treaties” tour, which ended in Calgary on Sunday, and that aimed to raise awareness of what Young calls violations of First Nations treaty rights by the federal government, and which raised awareness of what the rocker called the ‘ugliness’ of the Alberta oilsands. The tour raised more than half-a-million dollars, money which will go towards Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s fight against oilsands expansion.
“The Federal Government’s continued approval of new tar sands mines such as Shell’s Jackpine mine despite the devastating environmental impacts and inadequate consultation with First Nations is insulting and unlawful,” said Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam regarding the new support.
“We are encouraged and grateful for all the support we are receiving from across Canada. This is just the beginning.”