Canadian Catholic Initiatives 1969 - 1980

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November 28,1969
Statement by the CCCB to the Government of Canada pledging support and cooperation for Native land claims and other rights.  The statement also invited the Government of Canada to negotiate with Indigenous Peoples and to grant them the necessary financial resources to prepare their cases. 

1 September 1975
The CCCB joins other Church and religious organizations to create the Inter-church Project on Northern Development, also known as Project North.  Project North focused on treaty and Aboriginal rights as well as the just settlement of land claims.  It also played a large role in seeking equitable forms of development in response to the many energy resource megaprojects that were being proposed across Northern Canada.  In 1988, Project North was retooled to become the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, which subsequently joined other coalitions to form Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives in 2001.

1975
CCCB Labour Day message - Northern Development: At What Cost? - a pastoral statement on the development of energy resources and its impact on Native Peoples.

March 7-13, 1976
National Week for Northwest Territories Land Claims saw teams of Indian, Métis and Inuit spokespersons from the N.W.T. 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.

April 17, 1976
Telex to the Prime Minister by the CCCB Social Affairs Commission regarding the postponement of offshore drilling rights in the Beaufort Sea until adequate safeguards were taken to protect environment and consultation with Native communities affected.

April 1976
Presentation of a brief to Phase IV of the Berger Commission hearings in Yellowknife, 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 CCCB Social Affairs desk and the Corporate Action Research Project. (Note: It was reported that approximately 20% of the 500 presentations to the southern hearings of the Berger Commission on the MackenzieValley pipeline came from Church groups. Approximately 47% of the Church presentations were identified as Roman Catholic. A half dozen Bishops actively participated in the hearings.)

June 3, 1976 
A statement by the Most Reverend Adolphe Proulx, Bishop of Hull, member of the CCCB Commission for Social Affairs, to the Berger Commission.

March 1977
Presentation of brief to the National Energy Board hearings on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline by the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission.

1977
Letter to the Prime Minister by the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission concerning the proposed Polar Gas Project.

October 1977
Letter to Prime Minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau and the Honourable Hugh Faulkner by the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission regarding the Proposed Polar Gas Project to bring natural gas from the High Arctic to southern Canada. The Canadian Church leaders' 1976 statement to the Prime Minister and the Federal Cabinet, entitled Justice Demands Action, was attached to the letter.

April 26,1978
Telex to the Minister of Indian Affairs by the President of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission and Human Rights Committee expressing concern about the government's plan not to renew the freeze on mining explorations in the Baker Lake region of the Northwest Territories, given fears that uranium companies would violate Aboriginal land rights of the Inuit and threaten wild life and livelihood of people in Baker Lake.

June 24, 1980
Beatification of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Indigenous person from North America to be beatified by the Catholic Church.

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