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A black eye for Canada’: Local First Nation, Métis leaders react to Teck withdrawal – Fort McMurray Today

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 202068 Views

February 24, 2020

The First Nation and Métis leaders of communities within the Wood Buffalo region say they are disappointed Teck has withdrawn its application for the Frontier oilsands project, after all 14 Indigenous communities impacted by the project had reached agreements with the Vancouver-based company.

On Sunday evening, Teck CEO Don Lindsay said in a letter to federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson that the project and company had been put “squarely at the nexus” of tensions between natural resource extraction and Indigenous land claims. These discussions should take place “without a looming regulatory deadline.”

Hours before Teck announced its decision, Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation had announced his First Nation had reached an environmental agreement with the Alberta government regarding the project. The First Nation had signed an agreement with the company in 2018. Adam said he was shocked to hear Teck’s decision.

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