Teepee raised at Suncor’s reclaimed tailings pond – Wapisiw Lookout – JWN

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Teepee raised at Suncor’s reclaimed tailings pond – Wapisiw Lookout – JWN

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2019135 Views

Dec. 9, 2019

In September this year, an authentic, handcrafted 18-foot teepee was set up on Wapisiw Lookout, the reclaimed tailings pond at Suncor’s Oil Sands Base Plant, located 25 kilometres north of the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Suncor has been operating in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta since 1967. We’ve been part of the community and building relationships for a long time. Our relationship with Indigenous communities over the past 40 years has been a journey. We know that earning the trust and support of Indigenous Peoples and communities is foundational to our business. We can do more to learn about the history and experiences of Indigenous Peoples, so we can better understand one another and change the way we think and act.

Following traditional protocols, the land was first blessed by McMurray Métis Elder Almer Wandiandy who also conducted a smudge ceremony and tobacco offering. “I was most honoured to be asked to do the blessing. Watching everyone working together was great,” said Almer.

Read More: https://www.jwnenergy.com/article/2019/12/teepee-raised-suncors-reclaimed-tailings-pond-wapisiw-lookout/

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