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Athabasca County No. 12 AB

Athabasca: A river changes; Fort Chipewyan's elders recall when water was pure

Author(s): Brooymans, H.

Year: 2010

[...] it affected flows in the Peace River. ***** The Journal's Hanneke Brooymans and Ryan Jackson went to Fort Chipewyan to learn more about water concerns in the shadow of industrial development. A 2009 Alberta Cancer Board report showed there are 30 per cent more cancers than expected in the community, but said the small population cast doubt on the statistical significance of the numbers.

In Conflict

Author(s): Cryderman, K.

Year: 2013

"Any time that we have differences with somebody like [Jim Boucher], it's a cause for concern," he said. "I think he's been a very balanced First Nation leader with respect to the oil sands industry," Mr. [David Collyer] said. "What I would encourage is for all the parties concerned to try to find a constructive way through it."


Sub-regional plan to protect area larger than Moose Lake

Author(s): Narine, S.

Year: 2015

The article discusses Fort McKay First Nation's plans to develop a sub-regional program to protect traditional territory around Moose Lake in Alberta. It mentions the areas of collaboration cited in the letter of intent Fort McKay First National Chief Jim Boucher signed on March 25, 2015 with Premier Jim Prentice and Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Kyle Fawcett including management access plan, raised environmental monitoring and creation of thresholds within the area.

We can no longer be sacrificed

Author(s): Waller, L.

Year: 2008

Many suspect that Fort Chipewyan's health problems have something to do with the fact that it sits less than 200 kilometres downriver from the biggest industrial project on Earth-the wringing of oil from Alberta's tar sands. It's an endeavour that threatens to devastate not only the people of Fort Chipewyan, but dozens of indigenous communities throughout northern Alberta-and perhaps Canada's entire Northwest. THE TAR SANDS DEPOSITS underlie 149,000 square kilometres of land in three regions: Athabasca, Peace River, and Cold Lake. That's an area larger than the state of Florida, and nearly one third of it, 54,000 square kilometres, has already been leased for development in Alberta. On top of or adjacent to those lands are more than two dozen First Nations, some already touched by tar sands extraction. Most are covered by Treaty Eight, which was signed in 1899, on the heels of a previous mining frenzy-the gold rush. Treaty Eight affirmed the Metis and First Nations' rights not only to reserve lands and monetary compensation, but also to the continued pursuit of traditional hunting, trapping, and fishing practices. These rights have been steadily eroded by the expansion of the tar sands development. In 1986, the Fort McKay Band Council formed the Fort McKay Group of Companies, which now pulls in millions of dollars of revenue each year from businesses that service oil companies with everything from heavy equipment to workers' camps. The band council is also in discussion with oil companies about extracting the 600 million barrels of bitumen that lie under their reserve. Fort McKay is rumoured to be the richest First Nation in Canada. "This community's success is completely dependent on oil sands development," says [Jim Boucher]. "That's the only option.