A Pastoral Letter was issued to the people of the Archdiocese of Ottawa regarding Reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. (Scroll down to page 3:)
The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, pastoral letter.
The Conference’s Social Affairs Commission sent a Telex message to the prime minister promoting postponement of offshore drilling rights in the Beaufort Sea until adequate safeguards were taken to protect environment and consultation with Native communities affected.
Presentation of a brief to the federal government’s Berger Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry hearings in Yellowknife. Entitled Colonial Patterns of Resource Development: A Case Study of the Native Peoples’ Struggle in the Amazon Basin of Brazil and its Implications for the Northwest Territories, the study was prepared jointly by the Conference’s Social Affairs Department and the Corporate Action Research Project. It was reported that approximately 20 per cent of the 500 presentations to the southern hearings of the Berger Commission on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline came from Catholic entities. Six Bishops made submissions to the hearings, including Msgr. Adolphe Proulx of the Conference’s Social Affairs Commission.
The National Week for Northwest Territories Land Claims saw teams of Indian, Metis and Inuit spokespersons from NWT move across the country telling the story of their struggle for a just settlement on their land claims. Some members of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission took part by speaking at various events.