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First Nation Community Says No One Warned Them of Fiery Derailment on Their Territory


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First Nation Community Says No One Warned Them of Fiery Derailment on Their Territory

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

First Nation leaders on Thursday slammed the Canadian National Railway (CN) for neither warning the community of environmental damages caused by the fiery oil train derailment that occurred last Saturday on traditional land, nor even warning of the derailment itself.

Mattagami council member Jennifer Constant said she only became aware of the accident after reading about it on Facebook, despite the community being the nearest in proximity to the crash site.


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Not only are First Nation Peoples' lands and water (and other natural resources) being decimated by the tar sands extraction operations, they are subjected to the ravages of unsafe transport of the toxic brew. Canada is just an extension of the massive expansion of greed that fuels the extraction industries' activities to record heights while destroying all that is natural/wild/essential to life and indigenous peoples fall to the bottom of the list of their priorities. Not unlike the recent rail disaster involving transport of Bakken Field crude through West Virginia that involved supposedly" safety upgraded" tanker cars. Just pay the fines and fuggettaboutit and BAU.