This is a late posting but action can still be taken.
Help!! Nuclear giant attacks small village in Northern Saskatchewan on Dec. 12th
Mother Earth Justice Advocates calls on our friends from around the world to join us in solidarity in support of the Committee for Future Generations as they launch a COURT INJUNCTION TO STOP THE SIGNING OF an agreement between nuclear giants Cameco and Areva and the Northern community of Pinehouse.
This agreement is an attack on Indigenous rights, the right to free speech and the rights of Mother Earth.
To guide your actions we are attaching the information from the Committee for Future Generations along with a list of people and corporations to email, fax, tweet, phone, and write demanding an end to this injustice.
This is an urgent call to action to stop the signing of this agreement on December 12th – which includes a GAG ORDER.
On December 10th, 11th, and 12th help the Committee for Future Generations to prevent a precedent setting atrocity.
A group of northerners from Pinehouse (5), Beauval (1), English River First Nation (1) and Canoe Lake First Nation (1) has just secured a lawyer that is working on a court injunction to stop the signing of this agreement. The lawyer informed the group today that “Anyone can add their name, including organizations and groups.”
The group is appealing to all human rights and environmental groups and organizations to demonstrate unity in protecting our right to free speech by signing on to this court injunction.
TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT RESIDENTS OF PINEHOUSE FIGHTING THE CAMECO/AREVA “COLLABORATION AGREEMENT”
Revelations last week that the northern Saskatchewan community of Pinehouse is set to sign a so-called “Collaboration Agreement” with uranium giants Cameco and Areva have sparked outrage in the community due to terms of the agreement that residents say is a blatant attempt to silence opposition to the expansion of uranium mining in the area.
Terms of the agreement include:
- “Pinehouse is expected to fully support Cameco/Areva’s mining”
- “Pinehouse will support Cameco/Areva’s Existing Operations,” “Pinehouse will support Cameco/Areva’s Proposed Projects” and will “Support Cameco/Areva’s Future Operations” (emphasis in original)
- “Pinehouse promises to: Not make statements or say things in public or to any government, business agency that opposes Cameco/Areva’s mining operations.”
- “Pinehouse promises to: ““Make reasonable efforts to ensure Pinehouse members do not say or do anything that interferes with or delays Cameco/Areva’s mining, or do or say anything that is not consistent with Pinehouse’s promises under the Collaboration Agreement.”
Read the full text of the Term Sheet summary, Cameco-Areva-Pinehouse Collaboration Agreement.
While communities have the right to enter into agreements with industry, many residents of Pinehouse are opposed to the agreement as it currently stands, especially the terms which are nothing more than a blatant attempt to silence residents who are opposed to the expansion of uranium mining in the region, and argue that there has been almost no consultation with community members on this far-reaching agreement.
Despite this, the collaboration agreement states, “The Parties want to sign the Collaboration Agreement by December 31, 2012” and there are indications that it may be signed next week.
Residents of Pinehouse have asked for your support!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Contact Cameco, Areva, the Mayor of Pinehouse and others involved in this agreement
Email, phone or fax Cameco, Areva, the Mayor of Pinehouse and tell them:
- not to sign the collaboration agreement until full and adequate consultation with the entire community has been done and the community at large agrees to the terms
- to remove terms in the agreement that attempt to silence residents’ rights to freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- to remove terms that commit to support for future projects, about which community members have no details about and to which they may object
To group email key people involved in the collaboration agreement:
a) Write your own message based on the points above
b) Enter a subject line like “Don’t sign the gag order agreement without community consent”
c) Copy and paste the following email addresses into the TO: field of your email program.
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
d) Copy and paste the following email addresses into the CC: field of your email program:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Warren.Kelly@gov.sk.ca; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
e) Copy and paste the following into the BCC: field of your email program:
f) Press send!
You can also contact key people individually. Contacts are included at the end of this message.
2. Use social media to tell Cameco and Areva not to sign the agreement
Use the following to Tweet at Cameco and Areva:
And use the following hashtags:
3. Help Pinehouse residents spread the word
Articles, analysis, letters to the editor and more are on the Committee for Future Generations website at http://committeeforfuturegenerations.wordpress.com. Please share the information on Facebook, Twitter and through your email networks!
4. Express your opinion in the media
The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan has an excellent “Express Your Opinion” page on its website, where you can find contact information for major media outlets and elected officials in Saskatchewan: http://www.cleangreensask.ca/Home/express-your-opinion
Write letters to the editor detailing your support for Pinehouse residents’ right to speak up!
Please BCC your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameco Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
Phone: 306-956-8180 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 306-956-8180 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Manager, Northern Community Relations at Cameco’s Northern Affairs Office
R. Liam Mooney
Vice-President, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Regulatory Relations, Cameco Corporation
Senior Specialist in Business Development, Cameco Corporation
Cameco Office in Pinehouse
Investor, Corporate and Government Relations Department
2121-11th Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1J3
Phone: (306) 956-6200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (306) 956-6200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (306) 956-6201
You can also send a general email of concern to Cameco using their online form.
Areva Resources Canada Inc.
Phone: 306-343-4500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 306-343-4500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Manager, Northern Affairs for AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, for Areva Resources Canada Inc.
AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
P.O. Box 9204
817 – 45th Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X5
Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan
Pinehouse Councilor Greg Ross
Pinehouse Councilor Caroline Ratt-Misponas
President of Pinehouse Kineepik Metis Local
Other Key Contacts:
Metis Nation President Robert Doucette
President of Pinehouse Kineepik Metis Local Vince Natomagan
Metis Nation Area Director Glen McCallum
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission President Michael Binder
Saskatchewan Northern Affairs
Manager of the Northern Saskatchewan Environmental Quality Committee (NSEQC)
Dr. James Irvine, Population Health Unit / Northern Regional Health Authorities
Premier of Saskatchewan
Minister of the Environment, Saskatchewan
Minister Responsible First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs
Leader of the Official Opposition, Saskatchewan
Prime Minister of Canada
Please remember to BCC your messages to the Committee for Future Generations – email@example.com – and let us know if you receive any responses.