Report details harms to Alberta First Nation for creation of Wood Buffalo National Park – The Globe and Mail

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Report details harms to Alberta First Nation for creation of Wood Buffalo National Park – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on July 20, 20217 Views

July 20, 2021

Members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation were forcibly expelled from their traditional lands in Northern Alberta to clear the way for the creation of Wood Buffalo National Park, the largest national park in Canada, a new report says.

The 182-page report, completed on behalf of the First Nation by Willow Springs Strategic Solutions (WSSS), a social science, environmental, and management consulting company, is part of an effort by Athabasca Chipewyan’s leadership to produce a cultural history of the community’s lands. It documents the park’s creation in 1922 and its subsequent expansion throughout the 20th century.

The Athabasca Chipewyan community is seeking an official apology, formal reparations and a framework for a future relationship between it and Parks Canada. The First Nation’s leaders expect the report to bolster their case in discussions with the federal government.

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