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In 1975, Canada was confronted by proposals for massive oil and gas development in the Northwest Territories, unprecendented in our history. Many of the Canadian churches raised concerns about what this kind of development would mean for our society. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued their annual Labour Day Statement, "Northern Development: At What Cost?"
This statement, acclaimed by aboriginal organizations and others interested in a more rational form of northern development, expressed the wish that the Catholic community, together with other Christians, members of other faiths and fellow citizens would be able to act "in solidarity with the native peoples of the North in a common search for more creative ways of developing the 'last frontier' of this country."
The statement also indicated that several conditions be met before any final decisions were made to proceed with specific projects of Northern development such as the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. These included:
a) sufficient public discussion and debate about proposed industrial projects, based on independent studies of energy needs and social costs of the proposed developments;
b) achievement of just land settlements with the .native peoples, including hunting, fishing, and trapping rights and fair royalties in return for the extraction of valuable resources from their land;
c) effective participation by the native peoples in shaping the kind of regional development, beginning with effective control over their own future economic development;
d) adequate measures to protect the terrain, vegetation, wildlife, and waters of northern areas, based on complete and independent studies of the regional environment to be affected by proposed developments;
e) adequate controls to regulate the extraction of energy resources from the North, to prevent the rapid depletion of oil, gas, and other resources which are non-renewable.
The Anglican Church of Canada, through its General Synod in 1975 passed an equally strong statement:
That this General Synod, through the Primate, request the Federal Government, and through the appropriate Diocesan Bishops, request provincial and territorial governments to halt planned development until aboriginal claims are settled and to initiate negotiations on the land claims issues without prior conditions and taking seriously these aboriginal claims.
This resolution was confirmed again in 1977 and 1980 .
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