The following was prepared by The Friends of the Lubicon on the request of Chief Bernard Ominayak of the Lubicon First Nation. ( 05 Nov 92).
Lubicon Lake Indian Nation representatives have been meeting with federal government representatives sporadically over the last few months. While these meetings were in theory proposed by Indian Affairs Minister Tom Siddon to find some grounds for beginning negotiations on a land rights settlement, they have been going nowhere.
Frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations, Albertans created an independent Lubicon Settlement Commission which began hearings June 1, 1992 in Edmonton. The Commission is made up of members from churches, the business and academic communities, organized labour, aboriginal people, and environment groups.
So far, Lubicon representatives and lawyers have testified before the Commission. But both the federal and provincial governments are refusing to send representatives. Indian Affairs Minister Tom Siddon says he can't appear before the Commission because he promised Lubicon Chief Bernard Ominayak that he wouldn't talk publicly about negotiations. Ominayak has replied publicly that no such agreement exists and that Siddon is free to appear at the Commission.
ACTION: WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Write Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and demand that Indian Affairs Minister Tom Siddon be sent to testify at the Commission (Prime Minister Mulroney, Langevin Block, 80 Wellington Street 2nd floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A2, Canada). If possible, please send a copy of your letter to Friends of the Lubicon, 485 Ridelle Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1K6, Canada.
Alternatively, please download a copy of your letter to me at web:eprobe and I'll forward it.