In January of 2014, world-renowned Canadian musician Neil Young launched a mini-tour in opposition to oil sands development on Indigenous lands. The tour, named “Honour the Treaties Tour”, offered concerts in four different cities across Canada: Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary.
All of the proceeds of the tour went to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation [ACFN] Legal Defense Fund, a fund set up to ensure “the protection of… traditional lands, ecosystems and unique rights guaranteed by Treaty 8” (CBC News). The ACFN Legal Defense Fund was formed after the Canadian government sanctioned Shell Canada’s plan to expand oil sands development in Athabasca Chipewyan territory.
In addition to providing funds to the ACFN Legal Defense Fund, Neil Young publicly spoke out against oil sands development and urged the Harper government to respect the treaty rights of First Nations people.
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