Iconic musician Neil Young is rescheduling this year’s Honour the Treaties concert he was planning in Edmonton, Canada.
“I am sad to say that I must postpone the July 3 Honour the Treaties concert at Edmonton’s Rexall Place in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations legal defense,” the singer announced in a statement quoted by the Edmonton Journal on June 15. “The Honour the Treaties Tour will be rescheduled, and new dates will be announced in the very near future.”
Neither Young nor Warner Music elaborated with an explanation, the Edmonton Journal said.
Young has performed several times in opposition to the extraction of bituminous crude from the Alberta oil sands.
Environmentalists, First Nations groups and now more than 100 scientists have also come out against the continued development of the industrial site, saying it would greatly add to heat-producing carbon in the atmosphere.
Young famously performed last year, with the proceeds going to the legal defense of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, which is battling in court to stop further expansion of activity in the tar sands, as the region is known.
At a Toronto concert last year he called the oil sands an example of the “greediest, most destructive and most disrespectful demonstration of something that has run amok.”
The group Blue Rodeo was scheduled to open for Young.