With a stacked line-up of big name guest speakers, organizers are hoping the conference will open "a conversation with Canadians about the current state of treaty relationships, and how we can move forward together, understanding our respective obligations.”
And then there were none. The Fort McMurray First Nation put the last nail in the coffin of Aboriginal involvement in the federal-provincial Joint Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) program last week, becoming the fifth and final Aboriginal representative to leave the table.
Though it will be too late for those in the Peace-Athabasca to have their concerns heard with respect to the Site C dam by the time the modelling is done, the research will at least be able to send a stronger signal the next time a review panel is burdened with the task of evaluating just how far downstream the impacts of flow regulation will reach.
These gull and tern eggs reflect a cultural tradition. A way of life that has been practiced for thousands of years. A way for parents and grandparents to teach kids about the world around them. A tradition that is being undermined by upstream development. A tradition that is getting harder and harder to practice.
In today's gob smacking news, the Site C Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel has determined that there will be "no measurable effect" to the Peace Athabasca Delta or the communities that call it home. How did they reach this conclusion???
Be aware, reader; the way other Canadians are being treated on these environmental and First Nations sovereignty issues are likely coming down the pipe to a backyard year you. Knowing this is the first step to making a difference.
Echoing the same view that the judge found to be ”fatally flawed” and hinging on ”irrelevant and improper reasons” – which barred the groups from the hearing based on an impression that they would be uncooperative, had previously published negative media on the oilsands and were not ”directly” impacted by the project – Alberta Environment official Kevin Wilkinson once again denied them access to the review process.
Fueled by a vision for an alternative world where houses and businesses could run on energy from the land, Mercredi has been almost singlehandedly investigating and pushing for renewable energy solutions in his isolated northern Alberta community for years.