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About Michael Tyas

Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.

Alberta’s Cynicism Hurts Indigenous Fisherman

Let's contextualize Alberta's cynical response to their threatened waterways.
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Slow Report on Deforestation Beaten by Satellite Imagery

Slow-as-molassas report on deforestation in Canada not to be released until after the next Federal Election. Even then, the results will be five years old. You can, however, look at deforestation north of Fort McMurray here, already.
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A ‘Tail’ of Two Ponds – What B.C. Can Learn from Alberta’s Own Tailings Spill

Ken Hudson, President of the Fort Smith Métis Local, remembers the Obed coal mine spill that rocked communities along the Athabasca and Slave Rivers. Now that another tailings pond has breached just nine months later, he wonders what, if anything, has changed.
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Fort Chipewyan Bedazzled by Beetle’s Mysterious Appearance

A mysterious, beautiful, iridescent beetle has made a dazzling appearance in Fort Chipewyan this summer, and it has elders and land users scratching their heads as to where it came from. “I’ve never seen this before” says Larry Pacquette (Métis),...
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Little Known “Feeder” Pipeline – Vital To Tar Sands Expansion – Being Quietly Rammed Through Approvals Say First Nations

“Grand Rapids would provide the main feed from the source for other major pipeline projects, but the new Alberta Energy Regulator and the Alberta Consultation Office has decided the project is minimal impact, with no need to consult with our First Nation. It’s a disgusting misuse of power and poor policy,” said Chief Allan Adam of the ACFN.
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Government of Alberta Indifferent to Health Concerns of Fort Chipewyan Residents

This is a repost from Tar Sands Solutions. Residents of Fort Chipewyan have been met with callous indifference from the Government of Alberta in response to a new report that characterizes the impacts of industrial activity associated with the Athabasca...
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Critic of Fort Chipewyan Health Report Politely Pans Research in Conversation

I reached out to Dr. Kindzierski because I wanted him to unpack his criticism of our report. I wanted to know if he was reported accurately in the article. What did he think about the use of Traditional Knowledge in our study? What elements of our study did he found interesting? After he had more time to review the work, did he have a different opinion? The following is a pleasant conversation we had over the phone that was transcribed.
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“Don’t Let Them Off the Hook.” Dr. McLachlan Gives Interview on the Daily Grrr

Dr. Stéphane McLachlan was featured on the Daily Grrr yesterday where he was given a chance to talk at length about the recently released health study, it's findings, and a call to action for listeners.
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River Logs – Day 5. Comfortable Familiarity

In the irregular series 'River Logs', I will share some of my personal stories from my annual ‘huge summer visit’ to communities along the Athabasca and Slave River. During these visits, I distribute One River Many Relations newsletters, gather new ideas for this website, film stories with Elders and land users, and reconnect with old friends I’ve made along the way.
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