Click the image to visit InFocus’ feature on the study ‘Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands.’
APTN’s InFocus features the Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands health study that links environmental contaminants, from regional development like the oilsands, with the degrading health of local communities. Professor Stéphane McLachlan sits down and talks about what the study revealed, the reaction from the government, and also featured are remarks from Chief Allan Adam.
If you are time conscious, skip to 7:40 to learn how land users and traditional knowledge was used to shape the study. There is also a discussion with Dr. McLachlan on the fallout of the study and next steps.
From the interview: “What we found was a direct tie to the oilsands. If you look at those two groups of people, the people who had cancer, and who don’t. The people who had cancer, were significantly more likely to work in the oilsands. They were also significantly more likely to eat lots of traditional foods, especially locally caught fish…because people still eat lots of traditional foods in northern Alberta…What the Government did is duck their heads, and have been hiding in the weeds ever since, hoping that this international media interest would blow over. Since then they have done nothing, and Chief Adam predicted it.” – Dr. Stéphane McLachlan
InFocus featured a sneak peak of our upcoming documentary, which reveals the diverse feelings, and issues facing northern communities, seen below.
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.