Author Archives: Chris Klassen

About Chris Klassen

Chris Klassen is the Communications Coordinator for the One River, Many Relations documentary project and contributes content to One River News as a part of that work. He studied International Development and Communications at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, MB and is happy to be contributing to the work of building future relationships between land, people, and industry.

Storytellers Film Festival – The Pas, Manitoba, March 20, 2016

One River, Many Relations is honoured and excited to be included in the upcoming ‘Storytellers Film Festival’ in The Pas, Manitoba. For the third year in a row, this festival celebrates storytelling as an integral part of Indigenous culture that has...
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One River, Many Relations goes on TOUR!

The time has come! One River, Many Relations is going on tour and screening for the public. We’ve got plans for a short film tour that’s coming up soon, stopping in Winnipeg on November 2nd, London ON on November 4th,...
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One River, Many Relations Producer debates Oil Sands future with Economist, Engineer

With constantly rising tensions between industry and the land and communities it affects, it is no surprise that many are struggling to understand and respond to their roles in what can be significant ethical dilemma. Last Friday, Canadian Mennonite University...
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Accidents Happen

Two recent accidents in the resource extraction industry show conclusively that no matter what preventative measures are in place, two things are guarantees: First, accidents happen. Second, it is the ecosystems and communities downstream that suffer.
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Canada’s Premiers to release national energy strategy

View image | Today, Canada’s provincial Premiers released the collaborative Canadian Energy Strategy to guide nation-wide energy industry development, which includes pipeline projects. In light of recent events, like one of the largest oil spills in Canada’s history that...
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Frontier Oils Sands delayed by 5 years

A new Oil Sands development north of Fort McMurray – just upstream from Fort Chipewyan – has been delayed by 5 years, Teck Resources announced yesterday. The reasons given have to do with oil prices and changing markets, but the...
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ACFN Stands Behind Oil Sands Moratorium

Earlier this month, a group of Canadian and U.S. scientists published a letter calling for significant and mandatory changes to the Oil Sands Industry as it operates today. There are names of 100 authors and signatories on the document, and...
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Learning Together: The global struggle of land and industry.

As reported by APTN, two delegates from Australian Indigenous groups, the Wangan and Jagalingou Family Councils, stopped in Alberta last week as part of a world tour to raise awareness of a mining project planned for their sacred territories. Sounds like...
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Alberta Forest Fire Threatens Ecosystems, Industry

Forest fires in North-Eastern Alberta have brought roughly 9% of the Oil Sands industry to a halt. Crews have been evacuated from various work sites, and other sites have been left inaccessible by road due to the fire. Much discussion...
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Parliament Hill hears from advocates against fracking

It is becoming clearer and harder to deny that the oil, energy, and resource extraction industries have negative effects on water quality in their surrounding ecosystems. For the Athabasca – Peace River Delta, this has become increasingly clear through the...
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