Katie Schneider, QMI Agency
CALGARY -- Walking into the heart of oil country, rocker Neil Young says he's a proud Canadian but fears oilsands development is damaging his homeland.
And making reference to a flooded Scotiabank Saddledome this summer, the 68-year-old rocker says climate change is real and CO2 emissions are a leading cause.
During a stop in Calgary on Sunday during his Honour the Treaties concert series, the legendary Toronto-born singer-songwriter addressed the media to reinstate his stance of fulfilling First Nations' treaties when it comes to oilsands development.
The concert series is raising money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) -- located near northern Alberta's oilsands -- legal defence fund, which claims development of the Jackpine Mine expansion impedes on treaty rights.
At the Jack Singer Concert Hall, next to downtown buildings that are home to the country's largest oil companies, Young took aim at Alberta's economic lifeblood.
"Our tour across Canada is to bring awareness that First Nations treaties must be honoured if tarsands expansion is to take place," he said.
He claimed cancer among First Nations people is thought to be associated to oilsands.
"People are dying," he said.