Neil Young to play benefit concerts to donate to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation legal defense fund, plans ‘Honor the Treaties’ benefit concerts

Neil Young plans ‘Honor the Treaties’ benefit concerts by USATODAY, December 9, 2013
He will be joined by Diana Krall in January concerts, in Canada, raising money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation legal defense fund. Neil Young announced Monday that he will perform four benefit concerts in his native Canada to raise funds for a legal defense fund supporting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in “challenges against oil companies and and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights,” according to a press release. The “Honor the Treaties” shows — a title referring to the last and largest of 19th century land agreements between First Nation and the government of Canada, guaranteeing protection of the ACFN’s lands, rights and ecosystems — will be staged in January. Young will be joined by fellow Canadian artist Diana Krall as special guest. The concerts will take place Jan. 12 in Toronto, Jan. 16 in Winnipeg, Jan. 17 in Regina and Jan. 19 in Calgary. Tickets go on sale Tuesday. [Emphasis added]

Neil Young to play benefit concerts for Alberta First Nation fighting oilsands by The Canadian Press, December 9, 2013
Canadian music legend Neil Young is scheduling four concerts in Canada to benefit a northern Alberta aboriginal band fighting oilsands development in its territory. The shows are to be held in January in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary. A spokeswoman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says that Young has agreed to donate 100 per cent of ticket sales from the shows to fund the band’s protest. The First Nation is gearing up for a major legal fight after the federal government approved Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion on Friday. An environmental assessment has said the development will cause irreversible environmental damage. The band says it has received no information on how the company or government plans to compensate for the damage. [Emphasis added]

[Refer also to:

Harper government approves Shell’s Jackpine expansion despite severe and irreversible damages, “significant adverse environmental effects” and incomplete consultations on effects mitigation ]

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