Roman Catholic Bishops of Northern dioceses wrote to the Prime Minister to express concern about the decision of the First Ministers to eliminate Part II (section 34) of the Constitution package calling for the recognition and affirmation of the Aboriginal and treaty rights of Native Peoples in the Constitution.
The Social Affairs Commission chair wrote to the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Minister of Health and Welfare, expressing concern about reports that the federal and Quebec governments had failed to implement major portions of the James Bay agreement.
The Social Affairs Commission chair wrote to the minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, expressing appreciation of the government’s decision to delay construction of the Norman Wells Pipeline and to suspend work on Petro Canada leases in the Mackenzie Valley for two years as requested by Dene and Metis and urging the government to take a similar stance concerning specific amendments to Bill C-48.
CCCB President Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop of Edmonton, wrote to Bishops in support of ensuring that the Native people of the North would benefit from development, expressing concern about the potential impact of Bill C-48, Oil and Gas legislation.
President Joseph N. MacNeil, Archbishop of Edmonton, wrote to the Hon. John Munro, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, in support of the Inuit Tapirisat resolution regarding a proposed Inuit Broadcasting System.
The Social Affairs Commission chair wrote to the federal government about recent proposals for oil and gas legislation (Bill C-48), asserting that the legislation would pose a serious threat to Aboriginal Peoples of the North and other permanent residents of the territories.
The chair of the Social Affairs Commission wrote to the prime minister regarding the Amax Corporation operation in Kitsault, BC, and the Nishga Tribal Council, urging a full-scale independent inquiry on social and environmental impacts.