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Opinion: Court decision heralds new chapter in Crown-First Nation relations – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on May 14, 202037 Views

Since time immemorial, the Cree and Dene peoples of the Fort McKay First Nation have hunted, trapped, and fished in the lands and waters around present-day Fort McMurray. As signatories to Treaty 8, our ancestors knew our lands would be used in new ways, but we were promised our traditional mode of living would co-exist with these new ways under the protection of the treaty.

The treaty established the basis for a long-term respectful relationship aimed at balancing new development with the protection of cultural practices that define who we are.

In modern times, the Fort McMurray area has transformed into the global centre of oilsands development. We are important participants in this economy, with our own initiatives that provide substantial employment in the region, generating over 1,400 jobs for Albertans. We have formed long-lasting partnerships with industry and government that support prosperity and responsible oilsands development in our territory.

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