**Please note revised on-sale ticket date in the following release**
December 9th, 2013 -(Burbank, CA.) Neil Young has announced that he will perform four benefit shows in his native Canada to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. The "Honor The Treaties" concert dates are listed below. A very special guest, Diana Krall, will also perform on each of the dates. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday December 13th.
Sun Jan 12 Toronto Massey Hall
Thur Jan 16 Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall
Fri Jan 17 Regina Conexus Arts Centre
Sun Jan 19 Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall
The ACFN refer to themselves as K'ai Taile Dene, meaning "people of the land of the willow." A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the ACFN's legal challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights. As people of the land the ACFN have used and occupied their traditional lands in the Athabasca region for thousands of years, hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering to sustain themselves and continue spiritual cultural rights passed down through generations. The ACFN's legal challenges will ensure the protection of their traditional lands, eco-systems and unique rights guaranteed by Treaty 8, the last and largest of the nineteenth century land agreements made between First Nations and the Government of Canada, are upheld for the benefit of future generations.
Tickets for the Canadian concerts will range from $55.00 through $250.00 and will be limited to 4 tickets per person. Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, December 13/13.
In Toronto, tickets available at www.livenation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Roy Thomson Hall Box Office or call 1-855-985-5000. In Winnipeg, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 1-855-985-5000 and in-person at all Ticketmaster Outlets. In Regina, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 306-525-9999 or 1-800-667-8497 or in-person at Conexus Arts Centre Box Office - 200A Lakeshore Drive.Tickets for all performances go on sale Friday, December 13/13. In Calgary, tickets available at www.livenation.com, Charge-By-Phone 403-294-9494 and in-person at Epcor Centre.
For more info on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, please visit: http://www.acfn.com/
From The Canadian Press
by Bob Weber:
"The theme of the concerts is honour the treaties," said Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation spokeswoman Eriel Deranger. "All the ticket sales, all the proceeds from the concerts, not a single cent goes to anyone other than (the First Nation)."
Young's gesture is by far the largest, said Deranger. The band hadn't even asked for support during his brief visit in early September.
"When he left, we didn't ask him. We were kind of surprised by his, 'I'm going to do something for you.' We've heard that before.
"It's fantastic to have someone follow through and giving directly to a community, the grassroots people."
The Athabasca Chipewyan band is gearing up for a major legal fight against the latest oilsands development to be approved.
The federal government announced on Friday that Shell Canada's Jackpine mine expansion could go ahead. The approval came before a 35-day delay to give the band a chance to make its concerns known to Ottawa had expired.
The review panel that looked at the project concluded it would create irreversible environmental damage. It said Jackpine would mean the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands, which would harm migratory birds, caribou and other wildlife and wipe out traditional plants used for generations.
It also said Shell's plans for mitigation are unproven and warned that some impacts would probably approach levels that the environment couldn't support.
The company has purchased about 730 hectares of former cattle pasture in northwestern Alberta to help compensate for the 8,500 hectares of wetland that will be lost forever.
Shell has said the expansion will double its production and create 750 jobs.
Deranger said the band plans to file legal action against the development in January.
"The finances that will come from (the concerts) will be beneficial," she said. "This type of financial fundraising strategy with such a big name can make or break our ability to move forward with a large legal strategy."
Geraldine Anderson of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said Young is welcome to voice his opinion.
"We would also encourage Mr. Young and his fans to learn about the innovation and technical advances that are helping to develop oilsands and develop (them) responsibly."
The benefit concerts are to be held Jan. 12 in Toronto (Massey Hall), Jan. 16 in Winnipeg (Centennial Concert Hall), Jan. 17 in Regina (Conexus Arts Centre) and Jan. 19 in Calgary (Jack Singer Concert Hall).
Deranger said the news is a huge emotional boost to the band.
"Sometimes we feel as though our work and our struggle is going unnoticed. But when you have the backing and support of people like Neil Young, it revitalizes the spirit of the community and strengthens our struggles to move forward."
Also, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will headline an outdoor concert at London's Hyde Park on Saturday July 12, 2014, per NME
Neil Young - Glastonbury 2009
Photo: Guy Eppel - NME
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