History of Damage to Our Way of Life

Posted in OUR STORY

The damage to our Nation has been environmental, economic, social, emotional, psychological, cultural and spiritual.1 Everything we do as Lubicon people do is related to our land.2 When the land suffers, the people suffer.

Our hunting, trapping and fishing economies depend upon the health of the land; food and medicine come from the land; our spirituality reflects our connection to the land.3 After the oil boom, income from trapping fell from $5000 to $400 in five years; moose production declined from 200 to 17.4 At the same time, the percentage of people on welfare multiplied by nine, rising from 10 to over 95 per cent.5  These significant declines in economic productivity were intimately connected to the environmental impact of oil and gas development.

Damage to our land and our traditional economy has led to a marked decline in the Nation's health. Pollution now exacerbates problems associated with a lack of running water.6  Poor air quality has led to a "near epidemic" of respiratory-related diseases like asthma, and skin rashes so severe they scar, particularly in our children.7  Severe health problems such as cancer and tuberculosis occur at heightened levels.8  The damage to our community threatens life itself. In one 18-month period, our community experienced 19 stillbirths out of 21 pregnancies.9

Continuous invasion by oil and gas companies, governmental inaction, environmental degradation, economic breakdown, sickness and disease have put us under enormous stress. We are no longer fighting for just our land; we are fighting for our future.

Welcome to the website for the Lubicon Lake Nation

We are the Lubicon Lake Nation: a sovereign and self-determining peoples. The Lubicon Lake Nation is a distinct Indigenous Nation with a well-defined traditional Territory in what is now known as north-central Alberta, Canada (see Map). We are Cree peoples, Neheyiwak, and were and have been hunting, fishing and trapping on our Traditional Territory long before the creation of Canada. We continue to occupy and protect our Traditional Territory today. We have never surrendered or ceded our land to a foreign government. Our Nation maintains jurisdiction over, authority for, and autonomy of our Traditional Territory, Nation and peoples.