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.
The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld that Métis are synonymous to Status Indians under the Canadian Constitution. However, non-status Indians were exempted from the ruling. President of the Metis National Council, Clement Chartier, was “very pleased” Métis have won. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s people wrote that they were "pleased" that non-status Indians were excluded from the ruling.
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation seems to have mastered the art of biting the hand that feeds them, with the purpose of preserving their environment and culture as industrial development creeps closer.