Council approves asking for provincial inquiry into Moccasin Flats, will continue to work with Indigenous groups – Fort McMurray Today

by ahnationtalk on July 11, 2018132 Views

July 10, 2018

The municipality will ask the province for a public inquiry into the displacement of Indigenous people after the destruction of the Moccasin Flats community in 1981, following an early Tuesday council meeting.

Municipal administration will also continue to work with Wood Buffalo’s Indigenous communities and find a way to reconcile the community’s destruction.

A painful history

Until 1981, the spot was a settlement for Métis, Cree and Dene families in the warmer months after spending winter on traplines.

Documents dating back to the 1960s referencing the forced evictions of Indigenous residents in the area were presented by administration. In 1975, Métis residents began getting eviction notices.

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