A message from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Dear Friends and Allies, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is a First Nation located between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. We are Anishinabek Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes. We as original caretakers of this land, as Anishinabek people, and as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, we fully intend to see this case through to a just resolution. This is a commitment to our future generations, that we as Indigenous people must stand up for.

We are currently battling at the Canadian Supreme Court level over a recent decision by the National Energy Board to approve an Enbridge Inc. application to reverse the flow, increase the volume and allow heavier bitumen to travel through our territories in 40-year- old-pipelines.

To date, the Federal Crown has provided no consultation on the proposed project despite our assertion that our Aboriginal and Treaty rights are being impacted. The Line 9B pipeline crosses the Thames River which runs through the Chippewa's traditional territory and provides a source of drinking water to the First Nation.

Chippewa has borne a great financial burden in taking on this fight at the Supreme Court level and we will continue to fight for all Nations on this front. We would ask that you consider donating to out legal fund. This impacts all Nations and is an important issue for many Canadians on moving towards clean energy for all.

Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/Chippewas or cheques can be made payable to “Chippewas of the Thames First Nation” and mailed to the address below. If there are any questions email Clint Couchie, Policy Analyst at couchie@cottfn.com.

Click here for a .pdf of the letter.