Canadian Catholic Initiatives 1981 - 1990

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January 26, 1981
Telex to the Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission regarding the Amax Corporation operation in Kitsault, B.C., and the Nishga Tribal Council, urging full-scale independent inquiry on social and environmental impacts.

March 25, 1981
Telex to the Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission about the gov­ernment's recent proposals for oil and gas legislation (Bill C-48) - asserting that legislation would pose a serious threat to the Aboriginal Peoples of the North and other permanent residents of the territories.

June 1981
A Cry for Justice from the North – an initiative by the Catholic Bishops of Canada involving a week of solidarity events and activities (including forums, workshops, and parish events in 30 cities across Canada) sur­rounding major policy decisions by the government (National Energy Program - Bill C-48) and concerning the future development of the Canadian North.

August 14, 1981
Telex to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission, expressing appreciation at government's decision to delay construction of the Norman Wells Pipeline and to suspend work on PetroCan leases in the MacKenzie Valley for two years as requested by Dene and Métis. It also urged the government to take a similar stance concern­ing specific amendments to Bill C-48.

September 17,1981
Telex to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Minister of Health and Welfare from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission expressing concern about reports that the federal and Quebec governments had failed to implement major portions of the James Bay agreement.

November 17, 1981
Telex to Prime Minister from Northern Roman Catholic Bishops expressing concern about the decision of the First Ministers to eliminate Part II (section 34) of the Constitution package calling for the recognition and affirmation of the Aboriginal and treaty rights of Native Peoples in the Constitution.

December 13, 1982
Telex to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission expressing concern about reports that the government had refused to honour its agreement-in-principle with the Committee for Original Peoples Entitlement (COPE) signed in October 1978.

June 10, 1983
Telex to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission joining with Northern Native Peoples and environmental organizations in urging the government to reject the application of Gulf Oil and subsequent proposals for industrial development of the North Slope of the Yukon.

June 20,1984
Telex to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from the Chairman of the Social Affairs Com­mission expressing support for a government decision to recommend a full-fledged public inquiry into the Kemano Completion Project in Northwest B.C.

1984
Letter to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission expressing appreciation for the government deci­sion to reject proposals for industrial developments on the North Slope of the Yukon.

March 18,1985
Letter to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission expressing concern about an apparent trend towards increasing military operations affecting the homelands of Native Peoples in Northern Canada.

November 5, 1985
Telex to B.C. Premier and President of Haida Nation from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission about logging on LyellIsland.

March 21, 1986
Telex to the Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission concern­ing the settlement of Lubicon land claims as proposed by the the Fulton Report.

June 12,1986
Telex to the Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission supporting recommendations of the Cooligan Report on comprehensive claims policies affecting Aboriginal Peoples.

September 11,1987
Letter to the Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission question­ing the implications of the Meech Lake Accord on Aboriginal Rights as well as the government's intentions to stop funding to Native organizations for research and programs on constitutional matters.

March 22, 1988
Letter to the Minister of National Defence from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission concerning low-level test flights and bombing practices in Labrador and the possible establishment of a NATO Tactical Fighter Weapons Training Centre in GooseBay.

October 7, 1988
CCCB telex to the Ministers of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and National Defence protesting the sudden arrest and jailing of eight Innu leaders, six women, and their pastor, Fr James Roche, OMI, and urging the government to meet with Innu leaders in an effort to resolve low level flight over Labrador conflict.

January 18, 1989
Telex to the Ministers of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and National Defence from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission, expressing gratitude about the government's agreement to meet with Innu leaders seeking reso­lution to demands for the just settlement of Aboriginal land rights.

April 24, 1989
Letter to the Prime Minister from the CCCB President about the government's decision to cut funding for post-secondary education of Native students.

1989
Telex to the Minister of National Defence from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission supporting Innu concerns about low-level flying conducted at GooseBay, Labrador.

May 29,1990
Letter to the Prime Minister from the CCCB President concerning constitutional recognition of the rights of Aboriginal Peoples.

July 17, 1990
Letter to the Prime Minister from the CCCB Social Affairs Commission urging a just and moral solution to the conflict at Oka.

July 29, 1990
Statement by the Most Reverend Bernard Hubert, Bishop of  Saint-Jean-Longueuil, representing the CCCB at the Peace and Justice March held at Oka entitled Achieving Peace at Oka.

August 24,1990
An appeal to the Mohawks and to the Quebec and federal governments from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission for immediate peaceful solutions in the Oka situation, including the removal of barricades, refraining from use of armed intervention and the pursuit of a just settlement of the Mohawk claims.

August 28, 1990
CCCB Plenary Assembly reflects on the theme After Oka. Proposal by the CCCB Social Affairs Commission to prepare an information kit to serve as educational resource on Native issues.

1990
Letter to Prime Minister from CCCB President expressing concern about the government's announced budget cuts to Native programs.

August 28, 1990
Letter to Prime Minister from the CCCB Social Affairs Commission asking that a negotiation process be set up immediately to ensure the rights of Mohawks and a mechanism to find just solutions for claims (land rights and self-government) of Aboriginal nations across Canada.

August 28, 1990
Letter to the Premier of Quebec from the CCCB Social Affairs Commission asking for a negotiation process that would ensure Mohawk rights and the setting up of a Commission to oversee friendly relations between Natives and Whites concerning the Oka situation.

September 1990
Letter to Prime Minister from the Chairman of the CCCB Social Affairs Commission urging the government to meet with representatives of Native groups to settle for acceptable, just and moral solution to the Oka crisis.

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