Indigenous Activists to U.S. Senator: 'Tar Sands Are Killing Us'
First Nations activists affected by the Alberta Tar Sands take their story to John Kerry, and picket Canada's pro-Tar-Sands Environment Minister By Kate Harries Indian Country Today, March 11, 2009 TORONTO – Dene, Cree and Metis activists from First Nations affected by Alberta tar sands development made themselves heard in Washington as Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice was making the rounds of Capitol Hill. They hand-delivered a letter to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., head of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and later about 50 young people from Canada demonstrated outside Kerry's office when Prentice went in. Clayton Thomas-Muller, Canadian tar sands campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network, said the goal was to pre-empt Kerry's meeting with Prentice and ensure the senator got a complete picture of the disastrous effect of the tar sands on environmental and human rights. "Pollution from these projects are adversely affecting peoples' health, way of life and