Media Advisory - U.S. Tar Sands Decision-Makers to Meet with Canadian First Nation and Environmental Leaders in Washington

Media briefing to follow meetings with Congress and the Obama administration; Leaders plan to discuss new reality of Canadian majority government. WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - Two Canadian First Nation Chiefs and Canadian environmental leaders will provide a media briefing, sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen, to discuss the U.S. proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline and the new reality of Canada's majority government. The briefing will follow meetings with senior officials in the Obama administration and comes just two days after a House subcommittee hearing on a controversial Republican bill that would force the administration to make an early decision on permitting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Who: Chief Roxanne Marcel, Mikisew Cree First Nation
Chief Bill Erasmus, Assembly of First Nations
George Poitras, Mikisew Cree First Nation
Ed Whittingham, Executive Director, The Pembina Institute
Graham Saul, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
Gillian McEachern, Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada
When: May 26, 2011 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC, Room B339
Contact: Pembina Institute Danielle Droitsch 202.615.3770

Environmental Defence Canada Gillian McEachern 613.292.4416