A Brief to the Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry.

Publisher:  Local Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Churches, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  2pp   Price:  Free  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX476

This past summer the Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry (The Lysyk Inquiry) was established by the federal government to prepare a preliminary report outlining the terms and conditions to be considered in the event of pipeline development in the Yukon.

Abstract:  This past summer the Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry (The Lysyk Inquiry) was established by the federal government to prepare a preliminary report outlining the terms and conditions to be considered in the event of pipeline development in the Yukon. The brief outlines the public position taken by the local churches to the issue of pipeline development.

First, the brief affirms that native land claims must be settled before any major development - pipeline or otherwise - is undertaken. Second, the brief asserts that a just land settlement is for the benefit of all Yukoners - both native and non-native. Politically, socially, and economically the Yukon is hindered by the lack of a land settlement and can only progress with its resolution. And Third, the churches express a deep concern about the potentially negative social impact of the pipeline upon the Yukon. As the Brief states: "We believe that the stability and well-being of our communities is more sacred than pipelines and individual opportunists." The Brief goes on to suggest that safeguards be written into any future pipeline licence so that someone will be held accountable for any detrimental social costs incurred by the Yukon as a result of pipeline development.

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