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Tar Sands UK / Ireland Speaker Tour Itinerary

13th November – 7-9pm Bristol Arnolfini, C words Festival

3-5pm Bristol Arnolfini, Trapese Collective:Workshop on grassroots activist education and direct action

14-15th – Rossport Solidarity Camp (Ireland)

16th – 7-9pm Science Oxford, ‘Bloody oil’: Canada’s Tar Sands, indigenous rights and climate change’

17th –10am-12pm London: Parliamentary event

2.30pmRBS action with People & Planet

7-9pm – Speaker meeting, George Pub, 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, London, E1 0LA

18th – 7pm, Climate Justice Now! speaker tour, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

19th – 7pm, Y Plas, Machynlleth, Wales, organised by Centre for Alternative Technology

21-22 Shared Planet conference, Manchester

22nd – 6pm, Speaker meeting and screening of H2Oil, Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, organised by Ethical Consumer

Watch the Oxford event live on Monday 7.30pm UK time

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Tar Sands Facebook Page


The Tar Sands are a vast reserve of oil in Alberta, Canada – the second largest in the world. As other sources of oil dry up, major oil companies, banks and investors are pouring billions of dollars into Tar Sands extraction. Click here to find out more!

Click here to read: Bloody Oil

Click here to Read the Tar Sands Fact Sheet
United Kingdom Tar Sands Tour: November 11-23

Bloody oil: the struggle against the Tar Sands

Three indigenous women from Canada are visiting the United Kingdom and Ireland conducting a 10-day tour to raise awareness about the Alberta Tar Sands. Dubbed 'the most destructive project on earth', the Tar Sands are devastating indigenous communities and driving global climate change. British companies such as BP, Shell and the Royal Bank of Scotland are heavily involved. The inspirational young women are working in partnership with UK groups, including Tar sands in focus, to internationalize their campaign supporting Indigenous Peoples Rights and to halt one of the world’s fastest growing causes of climate crisis.

Featuring, from the Indigenous Environmental Network in Canada:

Heather Milton-Lightening, from the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan, has been organizing with the Native Youth Movement since 1995. She is now the Alberta based Tar sands Campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene woman belonging to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation of Northern Alberta, is the Freedom from Oil Campaigner for the Rainforest Action Network.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has been working as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 9 years, and currently works for Greenpeace Canada

Click to read: Bloody Oil
Play VideoTrailer 1: H2Oil

Moving between a local microcosm and the global oil crisis, H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories of people who are at the front lines of the biggest industrial project in human history:
Play VideoTrailer 2: H2Oil

Alberta's oil sands now make Canada America's major oil supplier, but the billion-dollar industry extracts a terrible price: some of the cleanest water on earth is used to make the dirtiest oil in ...
Play VideoEffects of Tar Sands

Clips from an interview with Celina Harpe, an elder in the Cree community of Fort Mackay, about 40km downstream from Suncor and Syncrude plants on the Athabasca River. She describes the increase in cancer, the lowering of the water levels on the river, and the disappearance of wildlife in the area.


UK Tar Sands Organizers

“UK based groups” in partnership with North American Based Indigenous Environmental Network.

The UK groups have formed a new UK Tar Sands Network, a grouping of organizations and activists who are all taking on different parts of the tour. They include: New Internationalist, People & Planet, Ethical Consumer and Platform.

Click here to visit our blog.

Click HERE to view IEN's YouTube Channel - for more interviews and information.


Tar Sands in Focus
People and Planet’s Ditch Dirty Development Campaign
The Ethical Consumer’s Oil Sands Boycott
The Co-Op Bank’s Toxic Fuels Campaign
Art Not Oil

North America

Indigenous Environmental Network’ s Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign
Oil Sands Truth
Rainforest Action Network
Dirty Oil Sands
The Indigenous Environmental Network sponsored a delegation of grassroots First Nations leaders to attend the London Camp for Climate action this August/September 2009. We teamed up the good folks at the London Camp for Climate Action to highlight the destructive role of UK based corporation operating and investing in Canada's Tar Sands. On September 1, 2009 IEN in partnership with our UK based partners organized a Tar Sands Action dubbed “The tar sands tour” in London's Historic Trafalgar Square, we made stops at the National Portrait gallery of England officially sponsored by BP, Canadian High Commission, Canada House. We ended our tour at the headquarters of BP (British petroleum) London.

Click HERE to watch video interviews and news reports from the UK Climate Camp.

Cree aboriginal group to join London climate camp protest over tar sands

Climate camp targets BP oil plan
Please DonatePlease support the IEN-Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign! Our work supporting frontline communities is possible with the help of individuals like you; please make a tax-deductible donation today. You kind support will ensure grassroots bottom accountability in the struggle to shut down the worst environmental crime in history! Click here or the image above to make your tas-deductable donation today.
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