Alberta to Discuss Oilsands with Aboriginal Chiefs

Our health report was featured on Global TV’s coverage of new discussions between Premier Prentice and local aboriginal Chiefs. Lawsuits, reviews, and health studies initiated by local communities have put extreme pressure on the federal and provincial government to come to the table and discuss the numerous issues at risk. At the front of the agenda is human health issues including cancer.

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“There’s a lengthy list of issues and grievances which need to be discussed and I think the best way to that is for the premier to actually engage with the leadership of those First Nations,” Prentice said after meetings with the leadership of the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations.

Failed relations between government and local communities leave the results of upcoming discussions uncertain. However, prentice is hopeful that this round of discussions will be different. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is more than willing to be at the table and hopes to move things forward. The Premier is loosely scheduled to face discussions of on going issues raised by local communities before the end of the year.

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About Jonathan

Jonathan Ventura is the web assistant with One River, Many Relations. His formal education in environmental policy & law, as well as his passion and experience in community based research and mobilization brings a unique perspective to the project.
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