Supreme Court to Hear Case on Seismic Blasting for Oil

10 03 2016

Great news! Today, the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear our case.

I live in Clyde River, a tiny hamlet in Nunavut, and for the past two years, my community has been challenging the approval of a five-year seismic blasting project in the waters near our Arctic home. Our community of 1,100 people is going up against a billion dollar industry which is greedy to explore the Arctic for every last drop of oil.

It’s a huge victory that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear our case, and the stakes are really high: if the court rules in our favour, it will set supreme and total precedent for oil and gas projects across Canada. This case will decide what Indigenous consent to these projects means, hopefully shaping the future of energy development in Canada for the better. Please support our historic fight.

Companies search for oil using loud blasts which have been found to permanently damage the hearing of marine mammals like narwhals and bowhead whales. We never consented to this project, and we depend on these animals for our survival in the North. We need your help to protect them.

Right now, we have an opportunity to stop the seismic blasting before it even begins. Our community’s future and our traditional way of life is on the line. We need your voice to make this court case famous.

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have already stood behind us in our fight. We are so grateful for your support. Now, let’s win this.

In solidarity,

Jerry Natanine
Former Mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut

P.S. Our fight doesn’t end here. We need all the support we can get to make sure the Supreme Court makes the right decision. Please, sign and share our petition.


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