Neil Young's controversial efforts to aid a northern Alberta aboriginal band in their fight to preserve their land from oil sands development have received added support from over twenty high profile Canadians including Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downey and "Scream" actress Neve Campbell.
According to an article posted Jan. 20 at CBC.ca, the legendary Canuck singer-songwriter's recently completed "Honor the Treaties" benefit Canadian concert series, organized to raise awareness and funds in support of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defence (ACFN) in their fight against big oil, has been endorsed via a letter by a diverse group of creative and performing artists, authors, scientists and Order of Canada recipients, which also includes: singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, Booker-prize-winning author and Officer of the Order of Canada Michael Ondaatje, as well as CBC's longtime host of "Nature of Things" and Order of Canada inductee Dr. David Suzuki, among many others.
Noting that the "Heart of Gold" hitmaker's tour netted over a half million dollars to aid the ACFN in their ongoing efforts to protect their traditional lands, the letter states, "The time has come for Canada to decide if we want a future where First Nations rights and title are honoured, agreements with other countries to protect the climate are honoured, and our laws are not written by powerful oil companies. Or not."
The full letter can be accessed online here.
Young will receive a star-studded tribute from the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing during 2014 Grammy week, which will take place on Jan. 21 at the Village Studios in Los Angeles.
Did you know? Neil Young's latest studio album with Crazy Horse "Psychedelic Pill" has received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album.