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Sunday, December 13, 2009

COP 15: PRESS ADVISORY: Canadian First Nations at COP 15 Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Stephen Harper in Rally at Canadian Embassy

“Hey Harper: Climate Commitments = Shut Down Tar Sands”

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Indigenous Peoples Ceremony, Oily Footprints, Welcome Mat, Giant Banner, Rally and Gift Basket Delivery to Canadian Embassy

Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indigenous Environmental Network +45 52685598

Eriel Deranger, Rainforest Action Network +45 50119390 ederanger@ran.org

Brent Patterson, Council of Canadians +1-613-882-4408 (mobile in Copenhagen) bpatterson@canadians.org

Jess Worth, UK Tar Sands Campaign 0044 07946645726 jess@newint.org

Monday December 14, 2009 10:00 - 11:30 Am Local Time (GMT+1)

Where: Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen, Kristen Bernikows Gade 1, 1105 Kobenhavn K, Denmark
Google Map: http://bit.ly/7IDzOc (get off on the Kongens Nytorv metro stop)

Who: Indigenous Environmental Network, Rainforest Action Network, Council of Canadians, Indigenous Peoples Power Project, and UK Tar Sands Group

Speakers Include: Eriel Deranger and Susan Deranger of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Francois Paulette of Fort Smith First Nation, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Naomi Klein, Canadian Journalist/author/activist, and more...

Why: Indigenous leaders of communities impacted by the Tar Sands and allied campaigners contend that Canada hasn't kept Kyoto commitments and hasn't ratified the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) because of its investment in the massive Tar Sands oil development. The Tar Sands is decimating Indigenous lands and causing cancer in First Nations communities, and skyrockting carbon emissions. Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper will arrive in Copenhagen later this week, and needs briefing documents from Canadian constituents about the full impact of the tar sands on the COP 15 negotiations and on indigenous communities.

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