We’re pleased that the national media have included Fort McMurray First Nation in the discussion around Canada’s largest oil spill. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of articles that focused on the Peoples of this traditional territory.
“The Nexen spill now covers around two football fields’ worth of land south of Fort McMurray, Alberta… The spill is in a boggy ecosystem commonly called the muskeg, used by First Nations in the area.” Newsweek.
“Our biggest concern is the land,” said Byron Bates, a band councillor of the Fort McMurray First Nation, which sits about 10 kilometres from the five-million-litre bitumen spill.” The Globe & Mail.
“Bates said the area around the spill isn’t used as much for hunting, trapping and other traditional purposes as it was before industry built up on it. But he said those developments aren’t going to be around forever. When industry’s done, his people expect no traces to be left of events such as last Wednesday’s spill. Toronto Star.
“Robert Cree, an elder with the Fort McMurray First Nation, said he was “shocked, but not surprised” by the news of the pipeline break…Cree, who has hunted in the area now affected by the spill, worries that even after the cleanup is completed, the chemicals will have a lasting effect on the animals living nearby.” CBC.
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.