Honor the Treaties

by ameenah27 on February 28, 2014 - 11:08pm

There has been a lot of controversy about the “Honor the Treaties tour”. Neil Young was born November 12th, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a famous singer and songwriter that have been in the music industry for about 45 years. He recently joined the “Honor the Treaties tour”. “Honor the Treaties” is a music tour that started in May 2010. The reasoning behind the creation of this organization was to help indigenous communities protect their land, traditions, and helping them speak out, through music and art. Neil Young and others have 4 benefit shows to help raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund. Neil Young joined this tour because of what they have been doing in Alberta, Canada. Alberta has one of the largest major oil sands. Large amounts of bitumen and crude oil are being deposited in the ground. Some people might think that this is good, but its not. Having these oil sands affect many. The Athabasca oil sands effect the environment, the civilization around the oil sands, as well as the economy. Three of the most important things on earth are being destroyed because of the Athabasca oil sands.


The Athabasca oil sands have a large impact on the environment. In 2008, ducks landed on a tar sand toxic lake and died. Fortunately, the owner of the toxic lake was fined 3 million dollars. Because of the oil sands, there are many toxins in lakes, so a lot of first nations cannot drink because most of the water is polluted. Canadian emissions are being increased rapidly as the years go by. These oils sands have produced more climate pollution than the USA and China put together! They’re producing a great amount of damage to the environment.


If the Athabasca oil sands have an effect on the environment, then they have an effect on the civilization around it as well. Studies been shown that the cancer rate in first nations civilizations has risen dramatically. As stated in the previous paragraph, the lakes are being polluted. First nations don’t have a lot of access to clean water anymore, and neither do the animals, which is damaging their health. Athabasca oil sands are bad for the first nations as well as the people that work on the oil sands. There have been a couple reported deaths because of all the toxic fumes.


One problem that many countries have is money. Everyone is trying to save money and make more money.  In Alberta, there are now less full time jobs available, making it hard for first nations to support themselves. It has been reported that from 2001 to 2012, they spent at least 160 billion dollars on oil sands. Just imagine all the possible things we could have done with 160 billion dollars, instead of investing them in oil sands and polluting the earth. From 2013 to 2022, it has been said that they will spend at least 207 billion dollars on oil sands.


As you can see, Athabasca oil sands are dangerous, and unreliable. They damage the civilizations health as well as the animals around Alberta. The Athabasca oil sands are damaging to the environment also. Oil sands are expensive and a waste of money and time. I am for the “Honor the Treaties” tour because they’re trying to help the economy, civilization and environment. Even though they contribute to the damage of the earth by keeping their busses running at their benefit shows but the amount of damage their doing to the environment and the amount of damage the oil sands are making aren’t close together. The oil sands have more of an effect on the earth than the busses do, which is why I’m against the “Honor the Treaties” tour.

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