I saw this imagery of smoke from the Fort McMurray fire spreading over the continent and thought, how apt. Fort McMurray's ashes are spreading across Canada, and we are all sharing in the grief, but Canadians generosity and support is spreading back to Alberta at light speed.
What about parts of the natural environment that are distanced from direct exposure to the extractive industry? What about damages that occur far downstream? What about a commitment to preserving livelihoods that aren't dependent on ‘individual property’, but on traditional territory and healthy ecosystems?
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.
“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.
The 'As Long As The Rivers Flow' conference in Fort McMurray got a lot of attention, thanks in part to remarks from the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
But while headlines focused on the criticisms Tutu leveled at the oil industry in northern Alberta, there was plenty more to talk about in Fort McMurray May 31 - June 1.
After heading the foremost fish study in the Athabasca and Slave River systems over the past several years, Dr. Paul Jones said the trends he is seeing in contaminants are not just petrochemical in nature, but likely caused by the oilsands industry.
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.”