Published Apr 27, 2015In 2014, Neil Young played a series of "Honour the Treaties" concerts to benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Now, he's announced another show in support of the same cause. This will take place on July 3 at Edmonton's Rexall Place.
The show is to raise money for the legal defence fund of the the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. This anti-oil sands show aims to uphold 1899's Treaty 8 by helping the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation keep their traditional lands.
Blue Rodeo are also on the bill. Tickets go on sale on May 1 at 10 a.m. local time and range from $45 to $175.
"The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) are honoured to be joining iconic Canadian musician Neil Young on another Honour the Treaties concert supporting our legal defense fund," said Chief Allan Adam in a statement. "The ACFN are continuing our legal challenges to stop out of control Tar Sands development from destroying our traditional territory and rights as Indigenous peoples. With the support of Neil Young and fans we are creating more accountability from our governments for the safe guarding of our lands, rights and future generations in Alberta, Canada and beyond. Our people, our climate and our planet can no longer afford to be economic hostages in the race to industrialize the earth. We must act now for the future generations."
Young, of course is very outspoken on environmental issues, in particular the Alberta oil sands. He once caused controversy by saying that Fort McMurray resembled Hiroshima after being hit by the atomic bomb, and his upcoming album is called The Monsanto Years.
And in regards to his "Honour the Treaties" campaign, he previously said, "We are here, we made a deal with these people, we are breaking our promise, we are killing these people. The blood of these people will be on modern Canada's hands. And it will be as a result of not just a slow thing, but a fast and horrific thing if this continues. There are many ways this could happen, and believe me these people are not going to sit back and let Canada, the modern Canada, roll over them. They're not saying it, but they're feeling it."