Canadian Press has reported that Canadian musician Neil Young has scheduled a series of concerts across Canada in order to benefit an Alberta First Nation that is protesting oil sands development. The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says that Young has agreed to donate 100 per cent of ticket sales from the shows to fund the band’s protest. They are currently preparing for a legal battle after Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion was approved by the Canadian government last week. The development has been assessed with irreversible environmental damage and the First Nation says that it has received no information on how the damage will be mitigated or compensated.
The tour dates are as follows:
01/12 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
01/16 Winnipeg, MB – Centennial Concert Hall
01/17 Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
01/19 Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall